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Food giant Heinz has revealed that its No Added Sugar Beans are not suitable for vegans.

The beans – which are used in a couple of meals by budget pub chain Wetherspoons – contain an ingredient that is derived from animals.

As yet, Heinz has not confirmed what this ingredient is.

‘Not vegan’

A spokesman for Heinz said: “Our standard Heinz beans are perfectly suitable for vegetarians (and vegans) as are our reduced sugar and salt beans. And while our new no added sugar Heinz beans are also suitable for vegetarians the recipe is not vegan.

“Hope this clarifies that Heinz beans are indeed vegetarian-friendly wherever you choose to enjoy them.”

“The Heinz Beanz Wetherspoons serve are just the same as you buy in store and are perfectly vegetarian-friendly.”

Not suitable

A statement released by JD Wetherspoon said: “Heinz has informed Wetherspoon that the low sugar beans are not suitable for vegans.

“The only meals affected are jacket potato with beans (adult and children’s meals) as we claim that they are both vegan meals.

“Amended dietary menus will be reprinted and sent to pubs.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of 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.