Abu Dhabi, UAE: Beef in vegetarian soup? That is what a Dubai resident found in the list of ingredients in her favourite vegetarian soup.
“I was shell-shocked to see beef mentioned as one of the ingredients in the cream of vegetable soup by Maggi,” Sunaina Madaan, an Indian expatriate told XPRESS.
A pure vegetarian since birth, Madaan said she has been eating the vegetable soup for the last four years. “It is natural to assume that the soup does not have any non-vegetarian ingredients. That is why you buy a vegetable soup. But I feel cheated as I have been consuming beef in some form or the other,” said Madaan, who works as an HR manager.
However, she has not filed any complaints with the municipality or consumer protection forum. Another resident in Abu Dhabi, Gireesh Sharma, raised objections to the fact that a cream of vegetable soup contained beef. “I am not a pure vegetarian. But there are some auspicious days when I stick to a vegetarian diet, and Maggi vegetable soup was one of my favourites,” said Sharma, an engineer from India.
Responding to the complaint, a spokesperson for Nestle, the parent company for Maggi, said the soup is 100 per cent vegetarian and does not contain beef.
“We can assure our customers that the soup is pure vegetarian. Beef mentioned on the pack is just a flavour to add to the taste, and does not contain beef extract. It does not contain beef as part of its ingredients,” Lynn Al Khatib, media manager, Nestle Middle East, told XPRESS.
© XPRESSOct 2013