The European Parliament rejected a proposal on Friday to ban names such as “burger”, “steak” or “sausage” for vegetarian products. Veggie burgers or soy steaks can therefore remain on the menu.
The European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee had proposed that terms such as “citizen” be reserved for food products containing animal meat. The names could then no longer be used for plant-based alternatives made from vegetables or grains.
However, a large majority in the European Parliament in plenary on Friday rejected the proposal. A majority, however, was in favor of extending the ban on presenting products without animal milk such as “yoghurt”, “cheese” and “cream”. Parliament also wants to ban descriptive terms such as “yoghurt style”.
The votes took place as part of a marathon vote on the future of the common agricultural policy. The result of the final vote is expected later on Friday. After that, the MPs also have to negotiate with the Agriculture Ministers.