EU livestock organisations lobby for stricter labelling of vegan meat products
The Cattle Site
09 October 2020
European livestock organisations are launching a campaign against the "misuse of meat denominations" for vegan and plant-based meat products.
The debate on meat and dairy denominations for plant-based imitations is far more complex than it seems at first glance. If the European Parliament decides in the coming month to condone food denomination loopholes to protect “vegan sausages” or “ vegan burgers”, it will open a Pandora's box that will in the long run impact consumers and livestock farmers alike – a fact that is not well understood in the European assembly. Faced with this situation, the European livestock sector is making a stand and launching the European campaign ceci n’est pas un steak.
European livestock representative organisations are launching a new campaign and issuing a call for mobilisation to the whole sector after the European Parliament again reached a stalemate on the CMO Regulation’s provisions regarding meat denominations.
MEPs have once again launched the discussion they already had last year, aiming to provide for the legal recognition of names such as “vegan burgers” and “vegan sausages”. MEP Eric Andrieu proposed leaving the critical issue of meat denominations in the hands of the Commission in the form of delegated acts, on the condition that it accepts the recognition of names such as "vegan burgers" and “vegan sausages”. Passing the buck to the Commission like this is unacceptable for farmers and at odds with the initial proposal voted upon last year.
The group calls on the Members of the European Parliament to carefully consider the impact and consequences of generalising such terms, thus promoting misleading and unfair marketing.
Jean-Pierre Fleury, chairman of the Copa and Cogeca working party on beef and veal, commented the launch of the initiative saying “the European livestock sector is not trying to fight this development, we simply call for the work of millions of European farmers and livestock sector workers to be acknowledged and respected.
"I am not afraid to say that this is an obvious case of cultural hijacking. Certain marketing agencies are using this to deliberately confuse consumers by promoting the view that substituting one product for another has no impact on the nutritional intake. This path is paved with good intentions, but it will open the door for other confusing denominations to emerge in the long term. We are about to create a brave new world where marketing is disconnected from the real nature of products, which is just asking for things to spin out of control.”
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