British House of Lords to discuss use of ‘burger’ and ‘sausage’ for meat alternatives

The House of Lords has announced members will be discussing the use of words like “sausage” or “burger” to describe meat replacements.

The European Union is currently considering a ban on these terms.

The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee will ask experts whether the proposals are in the interests of consumers.

Members will also be exploring what changes, additions or exceptions would improve the proposal, and whether it would be beneficial for the UK to follow suit if this rule were introduced in the EU post-Brexit.

Lord Teverson, Chair of the Sub-Committee, said:

“As more people move towards a plant-based diet, the question of how we identify and describe vegetarian and vegan food is increasingly relevant.
“In holding this roundtable we’re intending to test the merits of this proposal, and find out what it would mean for consumers and for the food industry.”

The Lords will hear evidence from The National Farmers’ Union as well as The Vegan Society and Quorn Foods.

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