8/5/2002 12:56:58 PM Mycological Association of Washington provides forum
to address the QuornT Controversy.
Recently much has appeared in the media about the
growing success and controversy surrounding the QuornT
company's meat substitute product of the same name.
QuornT a line of food products made with mycoproteins
from a cultured Fusarium species of fungus.
This year over 500,000 boxes of the product has been
sold in the US (locally it is offered at Fresh
The popularity of QuornT has been marred by
attacks by competitors, some fungus experts, and the
Center for Science in the Public Interest who have
taken issue with labeling of the product. One major
criticism is that QuornT states the product is
"mushroom in origin" apparently to help consumers
understand what the "mycoprotein" main ingredient
What is all the excitement really about? How is
QuornT made? How does it taste?
Now you can find out
authoritatively about QuornT as well as the issues and
criticisms pertaining to it and even participate in
David Wilson, VP and General Manager for the US
division of Quorn will present the program about
QuornT at the Mycological Association of Washington
(MAW) August 6 meeting. The meeting will begin at
7:00pm at the Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut
Ave., Chevy Chase, MD. The program presentation will
begin at 8:00 pm. and is open to the general public.
Samples of various recipes made with QuornT will be
prepared and made available to MAW members for
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meeting. Annual dues are $20.00 for individual
membership or $30.00 for household.
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MAW is the creator and sponsor of the WASHINGTON
MUSHROOM FAIR - an educational event featuring the
world of fungi, particularly edible and gourmet
mushrooms, which will be held Sunday August 18, 2002
from noon until 5:00pm at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton
Maryland. Admission to the Washington Mushroom Fair
is free. Members of MAW have fun and share interests
in great camaraderie! Join us.
The Mycologial Association is a not for profit
association whose purpose is to disseminate a reliable
body of knowledge regarding fungi. Our members join
the organization to learn, develop information, and
present information about fungi, including the
recognition of various wild species, and the
collection and use of mushrooms for scientific and
Our active membership extends throughout the
metropolitan Washington DC area and into the
surrounding mid-Atlantic states.
For more information about this event, the Washington
Mushroom Fair or the Mycological Association of
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