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Frequently asked questions

There have been rare cases of adverse reactions to Quorn, which contains mycoprotein, a member of the fungi/mould family. Mycoprotein is high in protein and fibre. This may cause intolerance in some people. For further information see: http://www.quorn.co.za/intolerance/

Yes, all Quorn products are soy free.

Some of our products, including Quorn Meat Free, Soy Free Chicken Pieces, Quorn Meat Free, Soy Free Chicken Fillets do not contain Gluten. However, we cannot claim that they are ""Gluten Free"" as they are produced in a factory that handles ingredients that could contain Gluten. We are working towards making some of our products Gluten Free and will update you as soon as we have done this.

At Quorn, we’re passionate about providing Meat Free products with non GMO ingredients. The main protein ingredient of Quorn products is not genetically modified. All other ingredients used are purchased by us to a specification which requires that they are not genetically modified.

Mycoprotein, the ingredient common to all Quorn products, has been approved by the Halal Food Authority (HFA). All South African our products have been approved by the HFA.

Thanks for your enquiry, please contact our customer services team via our "Contact" page.

Quorn SA is proud to announce that we now offer a Vegan range that is soy-free, meat free, egg free and dairy free.

We're proud to say that our product range in South Africa uses free range eggs.

Livestock is a very inefficient source of protein which is why eating Quorn products instead of meat can be a more sustainable option. For example, the carbon footprint of Quorn Frozen Meat Free, Soy Free Mince is up to 90% less than that of beef, so Quorn products can be better for you and better for the planet. Mycoprotein and Quorn Frozen Meat Free, Soy Free Mince and Quorn Frozen Meat Free, Soy Free Chicken Pieces carry the Carbon Footprint logo on pack. Quorn Foods is the first brand and manufacturer of meat free foods in the world to measure and certify the carbon footprint of some of its most popular products across the full product lifecycle with the Carbon Trust.

This policy applies to all products produced under the Quorn™ brand.

Marlow Foods are aware that there are a number of important environmental and social concerns regarding the production of palm oil, a natural vegetable oil widely used in the food industry.

As part of our ongoing drive to improve all aspects of sustainability in our business, we are members and active supporters of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, RSPO, which has developed a globally recognised standard and certification scheme for sustainably produced palm oil.

In order to achieve progress at scale and make a positive impact, we believe it is necessary to use one well-established and recognised system. That is why Marlow Foods are requesting that all of our suppliers and industry partners adopt the RSPO standard.

Marlow Foods use a small amount of palm oil, all of which is sustainable, indeed our usage of palm oil represents just 0.0005% of the 63 million tonnes of palm oil produced globally on an annual basis (according to figures for 2014).

We apply the following policy for palm oil usage in our Quorn™ branded products:

1. We will minimise our use of palm oil

In accordance with our health credentials, we aim to use the healthiest possible oils in our products, therefore where possible oils such as sunflower and rapeseed oil are used.

2. We only use sustainable palm oil

In products where palm oil is necessary for its unique properties, we use only certified sustainable palm oil from either the mass balance or segregated schemes. As availability of certified segregated increases, we aim to convert all usage to the segregated scheme by 2017. As part of this commitment, only segregated palm oil will be used in our new product development from 2016 onwards.

For more information on RSPO and their certification schemes, please visit the RSPO website at www.rspo.org.

We are working hard to become a nut free manufacturer, however at present some Quorn products are manufactured on sites which may contain nuts.

Unfortunately Quorn products are not certified organic.

Some of our products are low in cholestrol, where this is the case we state it on pack. Also products such as Quorn Meat Free, Soy Free Mince are approved by the Heart and Stroke Foundation Eating Plan

We're proud to say that none of our products contain MSG.

Mycoprotein, the protein found in Quorn is a complete protein, therefore you are guaranteed to get all your essential amino acids from this protein source, which can be utilised by the body.

We are proud to say that we use free-range eggs in all Quorn products, however unfortunately we cannot guarantee that they are organic.

No, as a meat alternative brand we are proud to say that we do not use animal rennet in any of our products. In our products containing cheese, we use vegetable rennet.

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Thank you for your enquiry. Please contact our customer services who will be able to advise you on which retailers stock which products.

The use of free-range eggs is integral to delivering the great texture of Quorn products.

Quorn products' main ingredient is Mycoprotein which is a nutritionally healthy protein source. Mycoprotein is produced by a process of fermentation similar to that used in the fermentation of yeast in bread. Unlike other meat alternatives, there's no strong aftertaste, and Quorn products are great at absorbing the flavours used in cooking, making for great tasting meals. 

One of the main reasons that Quorn was invented was to be part of the solution to a growing global population's increasing demand for protein. Livestock is a very inefficient source of protein which is why eating Quorn products instead of meat can be a more sustainable option. For example, the carbon footprint of Quorn Meat Free, Soy Free Mince is up to 90% less than that of beef, so Quorn products are better for you and better for the planet.

Quorn addresses several macro global trends such as helping meat reduction, vegetarianism, heart health, weight management and obesity and enabling consumers to enjoy healthier versions of their favourite everyday meals. Quorn products replicate the taste and texture of meat, but with less calories, fat and cholesterol.

It’s important to know that Quorn foods can contain allergens, for example egg, milk and gluten. All allergens are clearly marked on the back of pack within the ingredient declaration and the allergy advice section.

A number of our Quorn products do not contain added milk including Meat Free, Soy Free Mince and Meat Free, Soy Free Chicken Pieces. If the intolerance is an allergy to milk proteins, then all Quorn products containing milk or milk derivatives should be avoided. If it is a lactose intolerance, whether or not Quorn products are suitable, depends on the product type and the particular sensitivity of an individual to lactose. These are clearly marked on the back of pack within the ingredient declaration and the allergy advice section.

At Quorn Foods, we are committed and dedicated to providing customers with safe and delicious products. Over the last 30 years, we have served more than 3 billion Quorn meals to families like yours around the globe. We are proud of what we do. We deliver great-tasting, nutritious, safe food. Our strong and loyal customer base around the world is evidence of that.

Quorn Foods has always been made from a protein ingredient called mycoprotein. Mycoprotein is NOT an additive, it is a food that is harvested and fermented in a similar way to beer or yogurt. Quorn products are GMO free, and meet all international regulatory standards. Contrary to some recent reports, Quorn products meet and exceed the standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as well as many other international food safety regulatory bodies around the world. We voluntarily and extensively test our products, and have for decades, to ensure the safety of our customers.

Quorn products offer a nutritious, meat free source of fiber and protein. As with all protein and fiber rich foods, Quorn products may have the potential to cause an adverse reaction in a small number of consumers. As with all food, consumers should be mindful of their personal sensitivities when introducing Quorn into their diet. We recognize that some organizations have challenged the safety and labelling of Quorn products. All allegations that we have received regarding Quorn products have been factually inaccurate and lacking scientific credibility. Quorn’s main ingredient -- mycoprotein - is not classified as an allergen in South Africa or the fifteen other countries where it is currently sold. While reactions to Quorn products are significantly less than foods such as soy, nuts and shellfish, last year we voluntarily updated our packaging to explain possible sensitivities customers may have when eating Quorn.

Quorn is committed to providing its customers with delicious and nutritious meals and we hope that you continue to enjoy Quorn meals.


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