Both of my daughters are vegetarians. As a family we have grown used to reading ingredient lists on packaged food for those hidden morsels of meat products. In the UK a lot of sweet products use gelatine as a gelling agent. The kids know to avoid marshmallows and gummy sweets but we still read labels on the packaging. This leads me to my first rant of the year, marshmallow cakes. OK, we expect that they contain gelatine and are not suitable for vegetarians but to list suilline gelatine as an ingredient is just wrong; Suilline is an uncommon word in England, indeed it is not even in the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. Few people these days would know the Latin for hog and make the connection that the cake-makers meant pig gelatine (suede has a similar root). True, the word pig on a cake pack may not have a positive image of yumminess; but when significant faith groups in the population find the idea of eating pig products unclean I have a thing about the compassion of food makers.
And while I am at it; what is about cosmetic companies that insist of hiding common ingredients by use of Latin – I would guess that my shower gel with ‘sea minerals’ was mostly water with added sea-salt but to list aqua and sal pushes things a bit too far!