EU victory for vegans

Burger on plate
Shutterstock/ Brent Hofacker – Plant-based ‘burgers’ were saved by the EU ruling.

THE European Parliament has blocked a bid to ban the use of names typically associated with meat products to describe plant-based alternatives.

Europe’s largest farmers’ association, Copa-Cogeca, had supported the ban, which could have put an end to the use of words like ‘burger’ and ‘sausage’ on meat-free products.

EU politicians did vote in favour of a ban on the use of terms such as ‘yoghurt-style’ and ‘cheese alternative’ from being used on plant-based dairy products.

Terms such as ‘almond milk’ and ‘vegan cheese’ are already banned on products in the EU.