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Students are helping fix inaccurate vegan food labelling at this University

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At Duke University in North Carolina, the cafeteria could use a helping, vegan hand.

The Duke Chronicle reports on incorrect dietary labelling at the school, and the students set on correcting it. Fix My Campus, a Facebook page that allows students to share campus concerns with student action groups, staff and administrators, has received twice weekly complaints about false advertising on their food. They’re not just studying books, they’re having to study nutritional labels.

Courtney Scoufis, co-director for Fix My Campus, told the Chronicle that “If students don’t reach out, then [vendors] might go completely unaccountable, and that can be a very dangerous situation.” One of the strongest examples of mislabelling came from a salad that had been labeled vegan despite it containing goat cheese. Another, non-vegan soup that was being given the hypothetical green V card. Such a no-no.


Image of a mislabeled salad, from The Chronicle

There’s already a quality assurance program in place that does unannounced inspections and “mystery” shopping to big brother on-campus operations. They take these mislabelling scenarios pretty seriously, and for good reason, as many relate to allergies and ethics. To improve on their current methods, they’re working with a web-based food management and nutrition system called CBORD to get back to transparent labelling. It will provide campus diners online menus, ingredients, and allergen and lifestyle information. Here’s hoping they find success, as living on meal plans through school is already challenging enough.

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