Is Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) vegan?
The name suggests that maybe it's derived wholly from vegetables, but the following snippet from Wikipedia is concerning:
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) products are foodstuffs obtained by protein hydrolysis and are used as ingredients to create a bouillon (broth) taste without the vegetables, bones...
Today, it is made mainly from protein resources of vegetable origin
If I see something has HVP in it, can I be certain that it does not contain animals or animal byproducts?