EU set to ban veggie 'burgers' and force shops to call them 'veggie discs' https://t.co/yEfMLgOFI3— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) April 5, 2019
Members of the European Parliament voted 80% in favor of banning producers of vegetarian foods from using terms that would normally describe meat products.
Apparently, calling it a “veggie burger” is misleading to meat-eaters.
They suggest vegetarian products be named using terms like “veggie discs” in place of veggie burger or “veggie tubes” instead of vegetarian sausage.
Some members of parliament suggested that this change is being pushed by the meat industry quaking in their boots over the rise of meat alternatives due to the growing popularity of plant based lifestyles like veganism.
However, MEP Éric Andrieu, the man responsible for overseeing the legislation, insists the meat industry had no hand in this. Speaking to The Guardian, he says: “People need to know what they are eating. So people who want to eat less meat know what they are eating – people know what is on their plate.”
The decision is being criticized by groups like Greenpeace and Birdlife who say this will be a blow to the sustainable food industry.
Protected words would include steak, sausage, burger, and hamburger. It will be put to a vote to the full parliament after European elections in May.