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October 23, 2020 - CTV News

Veggie burgers are still burgers, EU lawmakers rule

Veggie burgers are still burgers, EU lawmakers rule
Veggie Burger PattiesCredit: Beyond Meat

BRUSSELS -- Plant-based products that do not contain meat can continue to be labeled "sausages" or "burgers," European lawmakers said Friday, when they rejected a proposal back by the meat industry to ban the terms.

In votes on issues relating to agricultural products, the European Parliament said that so-called veggie burgers, soy steaks and vegan sausages can continue to be sold as such in restaurants and shops across the union.

Europe's largest farmers' association, Copa-Cogeca, had supported a ban, arguing that labelling vegetarian substitutes with designations bringing meat to mind was misleading for consumers.

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