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Vegan burgers will not be 'burgers' under proposed EU food rules

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 5, 2019
Vegan and vegetarian products face being renamed under new EU regulations on food labeling.
Europe   The meat lobby is not involved in this
This week, the EU Parliament's agriculture committee approved a ban on naming meat-free foods after their traditional counterparts. If the proposals are voted into effect by the full EU Parliament in May, vegan and veggie burgers could become 'discs', and sausages 'tubes' among other products.

Some politicians believe the meat industry is behind the proposed crackdown, though supporters insist they want to avoid consumers being misled.

"The meat lobby is not involved in this," said French socialist MEP Éric Andrieu, who was responsible for overseeing the legislation.

"It has generated a considerable debate among the political groups and a large majority wanted to clarify things. Particularly in the light of history, the history we share, you can have a steak or burger, you can't call it something else.

"We felt that steak should be kept for real steak with meat and come up with a new moniker for all these new products. There is a lot to be done in this front, a lot of creativity will be needed."