CSPI: Quorn Should Be Pulled From Stores

Apr 25, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says the meat substitute made from fungus, Quorn, is making people sick and should not be sold in food stores.

Michael Jacobsen, executive director, CSPI maintains hundreds of people in the US and UK have reported adverse reactions to eating products containing Quorn.

He told Reuters, “One can be certain that CSPI has received reports from only a tiny fraction of consumers sickened by Quorn.”

Quorn has been sold in Europe since the eighties.

Quorn Foods, a unit of AstraZeneca, and manufacturer of the product acknowledges that some people have problems digesting Quorn. Approximately one in 146,000 people experience negative reactions after eating Quorn.

Moderator’s Comment: Should foods containing Quorn
be removed from supermarket shelves? How should retailers address customer concerns
about Quorn?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is investigating
any complaints it receives about illness related to Quorn consumption. George
Pauli, associate director of FDA’s Office of Food Additive Safety told Reuters,
“If we thought it was dangerous, we would definitely take action now. We are
not in a position to reach that conclusion.” 
Anderson – Moderator

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