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From: Qualera (
Subject: Answer...
Date: April 3, 2002 at 9:07 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Posting this a second time to be sure it's seen. Sorry. posted by Matt on April 2, 2002 at 8:24 pm:

I have used a Ragu sauce before, but it wasn't the Garden Style. It was mushroom flavored regular I think. When I buy pasta sauce I just pick up whatever looks good and read the label. Usually they aren't too long. If you are curious about the particular one you like you would probably have to call Ragu and ask them about the source of their natural flavors. Companies generally do know the source of their natural flavorings, and most of them are very willing to share that information with you. But when you talk to customer service representatives you can tell they get complained at a lot. When you ask a question, they can seem a little defensive sometimes, especially when its a vegetarian one. I think some veg*ans (not limited to us though) take out their unhappiness at not being able to buy a product they like on the representatives. But if you are friendly, and thank them for getting the information for you, I have found that they are usually pretty nice in return.

If you don't want to deal with calling, you can write them an e-mail. Most companies are good about answering them quickly.

I've heard it can be hard to get good vegetarian options in some areas. I am lucky to live in the Washington DC area. Its great for being vegan. You can find a lot of help here too, on the veganism board with Joanne Stepaniak. The people on there are able to help with just about any request you have. You might even be able to find some other vegans in your area. That can be a great source of support and encouragement. Good luck to you! - Q

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