The European Parliament has voted by 379 to 284 to reject a proposed restriction on using meat terms for vegetarian products such as vegan “hamburgers” or “sausages”, facing down needs from a powerful farming lobby.
But MEPs enacted favour of another proposal to end making use of dairy descriptions for vegan items, such as “butter replacement”, “replica cheese” or “yogurt style”, in a relocation that hardens restrictions on names for vegan options following a previous EU restriction on terms such as “soy milk” and “vegan cheese”.
The steps had been pressed by a powerful farming lobby that argues such names are puzzling to consumers and do not appreciate the work of farmers, at a time when meat and dairy-free options are progressively common on supermarket racks and popular among health and environmentally mindful consumers.
Green groups welcomed the defeat for the meat market however castigated legislators for approving the dairy modification.
” The votes will not change the truth that more and more individuals are consuming more veggies and changing to meat and dairy options for the sake of their health and the environment, and will continue to call dairy-free items ‘yogurt’ and ‘cheese’ anyway.”
The choices are an intermediate phase in policy-making, and are still subject to final contract with member state governments, which have actually not made a so-called “veggie hamburger ban” part of their position.
The proposal is supported by France, however, which passed comparable laws locally previously this year.
The votes become part of the process by which European Parliament agrees its common mandate for negotiations with the member states, which will set agricultural policy across the bloc for the next seven years.
A 2019 survey of the public by consumer organisation BEUC found that only 20 per cent of participants challenged the use of meaty names for vegetarian foods, with a clear majority saying they did not mind the practice.