Arkansas “meat” labelling law case blocked by federal judge

Labelling laws in Arkansas that would ban the use of “sausage”, “burger” or “steak” on plant-based products has been blocked by a federal judge.

The temporary block was granted by U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker, with companies and groups such as

Tofurky Company, American Civil Liberties Union, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Good Food Institute saying it placed a restraint on First Amendment rights.

The decision was welcomed by Brian Hauss, an ACLU lawyer.

“We’re glad the court blocked the state’s blatantly unconstitutional effort to stifle competition by censoring speech.
“Legislatures that have passed or are considering similarly absurd laws in their states should take note of this ruling and correct course now.”

The law would see fines around $1000 if companies had used the terms on their labels.

The court block is in place while challenges proceed.

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