Petition to urge Holland and Barrett to re-introduce vegetarian capsules sign now

Petition to urge Holland and Barrett to re-introduce vegetarian capsules.

In January 2007, what was left of Holland and Barretts range of vegetarian and vegan herbal supplements had nearly died out. While the bottles where exactly the same, one only had to look at the ingredients of the newer batches coming in to discover in horror, a new ingredient, gelatine.

What is gelatine?
Gelatine is a colourless, odourless and flavourless mixture of proteins from animal bones, connective tissues and other parts, which dissolved in a hot liquid and then cooled it forms a jelly-like substance used as a thickener and stabilizer in moulded desserts, cold soups, chaud-froid creations and the like and as a fining agent in beer and wine.

Why did they reintroduce it?
Upon enquiring about the sudden change, Holland and Barrett told me that the raw materials are now sourced from different sources and unfortunately the product is no longer suitable. At present there are no plans to reintroduce vegetarian capsules for the products mentioned.
Such a response seems contrary to Holland and Barretts business plan and significantly reduces its customer base. Holland and Barrett sells a wide range of Vegetarian and Vegan food products, ranging from sausage rolls, to chocolate, frozen foods, dairy-free milk and cheese. It seems illogical to make such a change, without formal warning to regular vegetarian/vegan customers, which alienates not only vegetarians and vegans from buying their herbal supplements, but also Muslims observing Halal and Jews observing Kosher. The least one would expect from such a specialist company as Holland and Barrett is for them to keep their products available to specialist groups, and while some of these groups allow for gelatine in medical cases, it is widely known that many of Holland and Barretts products can be purchased from other companies, minus the gelatine.

We, the undersigned, urge Holland and Barrett to be consistent in its ethical approach and reintroduce gelatine-free capsules for their herbal products and aim to re-introduce the radiance range of vitamins in their vegetarian form. We also urge Holland and Barrett to maintain further consistency by making products which have never been vegetarian/vegan, suitable, including products such as flaxseed soft gels, evening primrose soft gels and calcium tablets.

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Latest Signatures

  • 26 December 2015200. Melanie H
    I support this petition
  • 24 November 2015199. Natalya Kirk
    Please don't get rid of them. It isn't fair on the people who buy them!
  • 23 November 2015198. Stephen F
    I support this petition
  • 20 November 2015197. Becky H
    I support this petition
  • 26 October 2015196. Vanessa C
    A backward step that flouts the spirit of the new Equality Act. Local branch Cambridge and London
  • 12 October 2015195. Pritesh Vekariaw
    do NOT add Gelatine Local branch Willesden, London
  • 15 September 2015194. Elaine M
    I am so very disappointed with H&B. Will shop elsewhere. Local branch Carlisle
  • 13 September 2015193. Emma S
    I am vegan and need vegetarian capsule for my vitamins! You are losing my custom because if the product doesn't have vegetarian capsules I do not buy it.
  • 06 August 2015192. Sam K
    I am starting to buy my vitamins from other sources because of this very issue of geletine, I do hope you have a change of heart for yourselves aswell as for us veggies, before we forget your store altogether. Local branch milton keynes central
  • 03 August 2015191. Roslyn L
    Why use gelatin? Local branch Washington, Tyne and Wear
  • 27 July 2015190. Matt K
    I support this petition
  • 23 July 2015189. Tom F
    I support this petition
  • 13 July 2015188. Mr Dlw
    I support this petition
  • 17 May 2015187. Bijal S
    I support this petition
  • 14 May 2015186. Justin G
    I support this petition
  • 09 May 2015185. Graham M
    We can only assume H&B are making more money by using gelatin and this is the reason for changing their products, for most enterprises there is no such thing as enough money, greed is all, they certainly will not be having anymore of my money, I don't
  • 16 April 2015184. Karen M
    having to buy from elsewhere - H & B sending customers to competitors ! bad business sense
  • 19 February 2015183. John G
    I support this petition
  • 08 February 2015182. Animals C
    I support this petition
  • 06 February 2015181. Stephen B
    I support this petition
  • 04 February 2015180. F C
    am not buying till they stock veg capsules...
  • 12 January 2015179. Kerry L
    I support this petition
  • 31 December 2014178. Kevin W
    I support this petition
  • 23 December 2014177. Georgina U
    I support this petition
  • 22 December 2014176. Brett F
    I support this petition
  • 30 October 2014175. Mashud Ahmedw
    Why add gelatine? re-introduce vegetarian capsules Local branch East London
  • 30 October 2014174. Ruth L
    Think about us vegetarians please ! Local branch Darlington

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