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Edinburgh University has come under fire in recent weeks for giving a vegan student in lockdown animal products in a food parcel.

Fresher Molly McKenzie was one of thousands of U.K students forced to self-isolate after COVID outbreaks in universities.

According to reports, vegan McKenzie was given a mars bar and croissant in her food parcel.


McKenzie’s mother Tina tweeted: “My daughter is in quarantine in her halls in Edinburgh. They said they would deliver food- she advised she is vegan. Edinburgh sent a mars bar and croissant #chaotic.”

She later added: “Happy to update that Molly has had some food and taking things in her stride.”


The news was met with mixed responses on Twitter. One user said: “I was wondering how well dietary requirements would be catered for in this scenario. Hope your daughter gets provisions soon. As a fellow vegan, I sympathize.”

Another added: “I mean, neither of those are even vegan, right? And even if they were, that’d be a pretty poor selection.”

A less sympathetic respondent simply said: “Being a vegan is a choice not a condition, it’s this kind of whiny snowflakery that makes students a joke in the eyes of ordinary working people.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.