At Quorn Foods, we get a lot of questions from our customers, asking about our range of great tasting products like Quorn Grounds and Quorn Pieces that are low in fat, high in protein and a great source of fiber. We get asked about everything; from product details to recipe ideas, to how to safely prepare Quorn products. People want to know more about Quorn, and are interested to find out about one of the world’s most popular meat substitutes.
We sometimes get asked, ‘Is Quorn Safe?’ and ‘Can my family enjoy and eat Quorn products safely?’ These are extremely logical questions, especially if you’re new to Quorn and haven’t cooked with it before, below is a bit more detail:
Is Quorn safe?
The safety of Quorn has always been of the upmost importance. We’re dedicated to providing great tasting nutritious, safe food. Frozen Quorn products can be used in many of your favorite meals, straight from your freezer without the need to defrost, because unlike meat, there is no risk of meat associated pathogens such as Salmonella and Campylobacter. So Quorn is safe to freeze, safe to cook, and safe to eat. Over the past 30 years, we’ve been proud to have served more than 3 billion Quorn meals to families like yours around the world.
All Quorn products meet international regulatory standards including the standards set by the US Food and Drug Administration. But it’s important to know that Quorn products are a source of protein and all proteins can be allergenic or cause intolerance in a small number of consumers. However scientific evidence shows that Quorn products are dramatically less allergenic than soy, nuts, dairy, and other high protein foods. As with all food, consumers should be mindful of their personal sensitivities when introducing Quorn into their diet. These facts are supported by the millions of people around the world who safely enjoy Quorn’s great taste and nutritional benefits every day.
What is Quorn made of?
Well, all Quorn products contain an innovative ingredient – Mycoprotein™. It’s high in protein, a source of fiber and low in saturated fat. Mycoprotein™ is derived from an abundant natural organism called Fusarium Venenatum. It was discovered growing near the vast wheat fields in the Buckinghamshire region of England. And despite its small size, it was found to have enormous nutritional value. We use a natural fermentation process to enable it to grow - similar to how beer and yoghurt are made - blending it with nutrients derived from wheat and maize, air and essential minerals. We then add a small amount of egg white (or potato extract in our vegan products), shape it and then freeze it before adding it to Quorn products, so that they have a remarkably similar structure, texture and consistency to meat.
Can I be intolerant to Quorn?
Whilst Quorn’s main ingredient, Mycoprotein ™, is not classified as an allergen in the U.S.A or the fifteen other countries where it is currently sold, consumers should be mindful of their personal sensitivities when introducing Quorn into their diet. That’s why our packaging explains possible sensitivities customers may have when eating Quorn, despite reactions to Quorn products being significantly less common than foods such as soy, nuts and shellfish.
The UK Food Standards Agency states that “between 1 in 100,000 to 200,000 people will react” or be intolerant to Quorn products. Whilst, for example, one in 200 people are thought to be intolerant to soya.
3 billion Quorn meals and counting
Having served over 3 billion Quorn meals to families across the globe in the last 30 years – in which millions have enjoyed the great taste and nutritional benefits of Meat Free Links, Chik’n Cutlets, Quorn Grounds and more – we’re proud of what we do. Our on-going commitment to supply our enthusiastic customers with delicious and nutritious meals is something we take very seriously, and we’re always keen to hear from them.
If you have any further questions about any of our Quorn products, then please feel free to get in touch and call our Customer Service team today. Visit our “Contact Us” page for more information.