Australian Federal Government pushes to stop plant-based products labelled as ‘meat’ or ‘milk’


Australian Federal Government pushes to stop plant-based products labelled as ‘meat’ or ‘milk’

Plant-based products labelled “meat” or “milk” will have to be rebranded if the Federal Government is successful in lobbying for a change of food standards. Regional Services Minister Bridget McKenzie will today ask a food regulation forum to back her bid to have Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) review terminology and crack down on imitation and so-called fake foods. Senator McKenzie said products labelled meat and milk should only come from animals, like honey has to be a pure product from bees. “I want consumers to have confidence that when they buy honey, it’s honey — when they buy meat, it’s beef from an animal and when they buy milk, it is actually produced by a dairy cow,” she said. Senator McKenzie said changes were needed to protect the reputation of Australian farmers and the products they produced. She said farmers feared their businesses were at risk because shoppers often did not realise they were buying plant-based products, rather than products from animals. But she insisted it was not a veiled attempt to stop the growth of plant-based products…… Read

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