Piccadilly Pulse: Are you happy Walkers Smoky Bacon crisps will have real meat in them?

By Neil Robertson

Walkers has taken a stand for food quality in light of recent events, announcing that their new crisps will contain home-grown British ingredients – including meat.

This has come under fire from vegetarians, as flavours such as Roast Chicken and Smoky Bacon will now contain ‘extracts of real meat.’

Despite their meatless existence, vegetarians have been known to delve into the more carnivorous flavours due to their lack of actual animal products.

This is in stark contrast to the seemingly safe choice of ‘Cheese and Onion’ which, in some brands, can contain rennet – a substance derived from animal stomachs.

MM took to the streets of Manchester to ask people whether they would eat these new, meatier crisps, asking:

Walkers have produced crisps with real meat in them. With this in mind, would you still eat them? 

Yes 76%
No 24%

Adam, 29, a compliance manager argued: “They use 800 million tonnes of potatoes a day to make crisps so why does it matter if they use meat?”

Matt, a 26 year-old lecturer from Germany, said he wouldn’t eat them as “I’m a vegetarian and so I would want to know what’s inside.”

Emmanuel Akpam, a 19 year old student from Liverpool: “People who are vegetarians don’t even eat the meat-flavoured ones anyway.”

Paul Simmister, 44, from Stockport said: “Even though we’ve recently had the horse meat scare, I don’t think this is anything to be worried about.”

Trisha, a retiree from Macclesfield, said: “I’d still eat them. The only thing is, they probably wouldn’t be as crisp as a crisp, so if they weren’t as crisp as a crisp I wouldn’t eat them!”

Picture courtesy of tachyondecay, with thanks.

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