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State Bills To Bar Non-Meat Products From Deceptive Labeling Gather Steam

January 26, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
The Pew Charitable Trusts reports that several states are considering legislation similar to a recent Missouri law that bars non-meat products, such as those made from tofu or vegetable sources, from being labeled as if they are made from beef. State legislators in Virginia, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Wyoming have introduced bills to stop what they say is deceptive labeling of non-meat products. The Nebraska bill aims to prevent companies from labeling plant-based, insect-based or lab-grown products as "meat." The Wyoming bill would outlaw "misrepresenting a product as meat that is not derived from harvested production livestock or poultry." Under the Virginia bill, a product would be deemed "misbranded" if it "purports to be" meat while containing no meat, unless it contains the word "imitation" on the label. Beef producers generally back the bills, while vegetarians and producers of plant-based food oppose it.[Image Credit: © Free-Photos from Pixabay]
"'Fake Meat' Battle Spreads to More States", PEW Charitable Trusts, January 26, 2019, © The Pew Charitable Trusts
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