And finally… steak out

The French government has made a fresh attempt to ban vegan foods from having meaty-sounding names after a previous decree was thrown out by judges.

A draft decree published by France’s agriculture ministry sets out 21 terms – including “steak”, “escalope”, “spare ribs”, “ham” and “butcher” – which can only be used to describe meat, The Guardian reports.

Another 120 terms, including “sausage”, “nugget” and “bacon” can only be used in products with very little plant-based material, in practice banning vegan products from using the name.

Agriculture minister Marc Fesneau said the decree is “an issue of transparency and honesty responding to the legitimate expectations of consumers and producers”.

The decree has been submitted to the European Commission to confirm its compatibility with EU food labelling rules. If implemented, the decree will only apply to products made in France for sale in France.

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