Burger King’s Media Relations department has informed us that the poultry-derived amino acid is no longer part of the natural flavoring used on their French fries. We are waiting for written confirmation.
Please note that as of October 2002, and still at the time of this update, the Burger King website contains the following: "Burger King Corporation makes no claim that the BK VEGGIE™ Burger or any other of its products meets the requirements of a vegan or vegetarian diet."
In 1997, while researching for our Guide to Fast Food, we were told by Burger King that their French fries contained nothing “which would present a problem to [a vegetarian] diet. No whey, no dairy products, no beef fat, no flavoring from animals.” Recently, however, Burger King Customer Relations asserted that the fries are not to be considered vegetarian.
Burger King’s Media Relations department stated that the fries do contain a small amount of a poultry-based amino acid used for flavoring. They are not able to provide any documentation to this effect. The flavoring is currently under further development. Burger King’s Product Consistency department informed us that the recipe for the French fry coating was last reformulated in the spring of 2001. In the meantime, vegetarians who choose to eat the BK VEGGIE™ may want to order it without the fries.
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(Please note that the BK Veggie bun is not vegan and you may want to ask for the patty to be microwaved rather than prepared on the grill with the other meat products.)
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