Vegetarian stout challenge issued for next St Patrick's Day

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The Vegetarian Society is challenging brewers of stout to come up with a vegetarian drink in time for St Patrick's Day in March next year.The group...

The Vegetarian Society is challenging brewers of stout to come up with a vegetarian drink in time for St Patrick's Day in March next year.

The group is urging the trade to develop a stout beverage that does not use animal derived material, and they say they will give a year's free approval from the Vegetarian Society to anyone who does so.

The society says it is happy to give advice on products or ingredients and will work with companies to find suitable alternatives.

"In our quest for improved choice for vegetarians, we are challenging the major stout brewers, pub chains and retailers to provide a nationally available product that everyone can drink and enjoy by St Patrick's Day 2003," a spokesman for the organisation said.

Products approved by the society have to be free of animal flesh, meat or bone stock, animal carcass fats, gelatine and aspic.

Products or ingredients must not have been tested on animals since 1986 and any eggs used must be free range.

Since 1998, genetically modified organisms can also not be used, as these will generally have been tested on animals.

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