By the end of the month, Panda Express will offer vegan options at all of its more than 2,000 locations for the first time, VegNews can exclusively reveal. The new options are reformulations of existing menu items: Eggplant Tofu and Chow Mein and vegan versions of these items will be available at locations where these options are sold. Animal-rights group Vegan Outreach led a campaign (supported by 5,000 signatories) urging Panda Express to veganize the options—which previously contained chicken broth and animal-derived seasoning. “While seemingly small, this change by Panda Express will make a big impact,” Taylor Radig, Campaigns and Social Media Manager of Vegan Outreach, told VegNews. “Not only will the chain expand its customer base to include vegans, but it will also contribute less to animal suffering by using more plant-based ingredients.” Panda Express notes that while the menu options do not contain animal products, they are prepared on the same cooking surfaces as other non-vegan items.
This article has been edited for accuracy.
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