Plant-Based Companies In France Can Now Be Fined For Using 'Meat' Labels

Plant-Based Companies In France Can Now Be Fined For Using ‘Meat’ Labels


(updated 1st October 2020)

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The French
government has banned the use meat and dairy related terms to market plant-based foods – with the threat of a massive $370,000 fine for noncompliance.

The ban

The new
terms of the nation’s agricultural bill forbid the use of such words as ‘meat’, ‘sausage’, ‘steak’, and ‘bacon’ on packaging of mock meats, as well as dairy-related
terms on other plant-based products.

MP Jean-Baptiste
Moreau, who is also a farmer, introduced the bill on the grounds that the
labelling is misleading to consumers.

Moreau took
to Twitter
to post in celebration of the ban – saying it’s important that animal
product terminology be reserved for ‘products of animal origin’.


The ban is
in part the result of the threat posed to big meat and dairy by the growing
popularity of plant-based alternatives – and reflects pushback from the
industries occurring internationally.

In Europe,
a ruling passed in 2007 by the EU says that dairy terms, like ‘milk’, ‘yoghurt’
and ‘butter’ may only be used on products that come from cows.


Bans are
not yet in place in North America, however.

In March, The
Good Food Institute slammed the US dairy industry
after it lobbied to have the Food
and Drug Administration ban the use of the term ‘milk’ on plant-based

While in
Canada, not only is meat and dairy terminology still permitted but Health
Canada is proposing warning labels
, similar to those on cigarettes, be applied
to a number of dairy products.

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