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France reaffirms ban on the use of meat names for plant-based products

The Minister reiterates the ban on using names that evoke foodstuffs of animal origin for foodstuffs of plant origin

15, Sep 2023

The labeling law of 10 June 2020 prohibits the use of names for food products of plant origin usually used to designate food products of animal origin. The implementing decree was published on 22 June 2022. The Council of State, however, after examination, suspended the implementation of the appeals presented.

The Government has therefore worked on the development of a new draft decree, taking into account the observations of the Council of State, which replaces the previous decree.

This new draft decree regulates the use of names that traditionally designate food products of animal origin for the designation, marketing or promotion of food products based on plant proteins manufactured and marketed on French territory. The food products affected by the proposed decree are those that incorporate vegetable proteins.

It establishes the list of terms whose use is prohibited for the designation of food products containing plant proteins and the list of terms authorized for the designation of food products of animal origin which may contain plant proteins as well as the maximum percentage of plant proteins that may contain plant proteins food products for which these terms are used.

Furthermore, the draft text provides for sanctions in case of violation of its provisions, a period of entry into force of three months after its publication to give operators time to adapt their labelling, as well as the possibility of marketing food products manufactured or labeled before its entry into force while stocks last and at the latest one year after its publication.

This draft decree was notified on 23 August 2023 to the European Commission pursuant to Directive (EU) no. EU) No. 1169/2011 relating to consumer information on food products.

Monday 4 September 2023/ Ministère de l'Agriculture et de la Souveraineté Alimentaire/ France.

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