Veggie burgers are still burgers, European Union says


Brussels: Plant-based products that do not contain meat can continue to be labelled “sausages” or “burgers,” European politicians said, as they rejected a proposal backed 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 had argued that the labelling of plant-based products was misleading for consumers.

Europe’s largest farmers’ association had argued that the labelling of plant-based products was misleading for consumers.Credit:Getty Images

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.

On the opposite side of the debate, a group of 13 organisations including Greenpeace and WWF urged lawmakers to reject the proposed amendments, arguing that a ban would have not only exposed the EU “to ridicule,” but also damaged its environmental credibility.