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Parliamentary questions
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10 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005709-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Tom Vandenkendelaere (PPE)

 Subject:  Inappropriate use of the word ‘meat’ for vegetarian products
 Answer in writing 

With the increase in vegetarian or vegan meat alternatives, there is also a growing number of alternative designations for these meat substitutes. In marketing, terms are often used creatively to present the product to consumers in an attractive way. Such information can however be interpreted misleadingly. The words ‘burger’, ‘fillet’ or ‘schnitzel’, for example, imply that these are meat products, whereas they are in fact vegetarian. In view of the above, can the Commission answer the following questions:

Does it indeed consider that such names can be misleading to the consumer and that certain terms such as ‘burger’, ‘schnitzel’ or ‘fillet’ should only be used in connection with products of animal origin?

Does it consider it appropriate to establish unequivocal European regulations on the naming of meat-substitute products so as to reinforce the internal market in this respect, considering the fact that different rules on this matter currently apply in different Member States?

Original language of question: NL 
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