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I think everybody wants to see common names. As a vegan, if I can't pronounce something on a label, I usually don't buy it... Nowadays, I read labels thoroughly, and I'd much rather see something like "cornstarch," "dried banana," or "grapeseed oil" than "egg replacer." With all the gene modification going on now, even "egg replacer" might not be as innocent as it sounds. So I agree with the egg industry: use common names on labels. (I still wouldn't buy the product if "egg" were listed, but I've been a vegan for sixteen years, so I have good reason.)

Diane S., via e-mail