Are veggie burgers or tofu steaks going to be banned?
No, the draft EU law does not contain any ban on producing vegetarian or vegan food. MEPs also rejected proposals to recognise steak, sausage, escalope, burger and hamburger as exclusively meat-based products. They also voted down amendments on reserving labels used for meat and meat-based products mostly for foodstuffs containing meat. These plans followed the ECJ ruling that has determined that the terms ‘milk’, ‘yoghurt’ and ‘butter’ only apply to genuine dairy products, banning terms like ‘almond milk’, and tried to extend this decision from the dairy sector to the meat sector.
Nothing will change for plant-based products and the labels used for their sale.