A friend received an email today and passed it on. It originates from the Manchester Vegetarian and Vegan Group so I thank them for sharing this.
Here it is -
Asda's Smart Price soya milk contains vitamin D3, which is nearly always
derived from animal sources (there is a single source of vegan D3 but it's
expensive and specialised, and it's unlikely it's being used here).
Here's the link:
I was a bit horrified to find this but it's a reminder that it always pays
to check the ingredient lists. I assume they're aiming the product solely
at the lactose intolerant.
Manchester Vegetarian and Vegan Group
After doing a bit of searching, this could have been the case for some time. Now I don't buy this milk admittedly but it did make me realise the importance of not assuming that certain products like soya milk are vegan. Upon searching I also found a few references in forums to Alpro being taken over by a big American dairy conglomerate. Kind of cancels out the non support of the dairy industry thing. Boo hiss!
I will be paying more attention in future.