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Why France banned “meat names” for vegetarian alternatives

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France recently amended its agriculture bill to ban non-animal foods from being labelled similarly to animal products, e.g. “soy sausage”, on the basis that such labelling could be misleading to consumers.

A feature in the Independent explores the factors behind the decision, including previous European regulations and the rise of consumers who are eating less meat.

Read the full story here. See also the Foodsource resource Introduction: what are the concerns with meat and dairy, and who are the major stakeholders in the debate? You might also be interested in the story Missouri lawmakers pass bill to prevent plant-based meat companies from using the word “meat”.

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