Vegan


NGOs call for revised ISO International Standard for food products suitable for Vegan consumers

On 24 November 2020, SAFE and 4 of its members sent a joint letter to the ISO TC 34 concerning the draft ISO/DIS 23662 on the definitions and technical criteria for foods and food ingredients suitable for vegetarians or vegans and for labelling claims. The signatories urged the technical committee to amend the draft ISO/DIS […]


European Parliament rejects ban on ‘veggie burgers’

On Friday 23 October, the European Parliament plenary session rejected AM165 to the Agricultural products’ list within the Common Market Organisation file of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Such an amendment would have prohibited plant-based food products from using meat-derived names (such as ‘veggie burger’, ‘vegan sausage’). The Parliament however supported such a ban for […]


Joint Letter to Agri Commissioner calling for legumes and high-protein crops promotion in EU policies

SAFE and 6 other organisations (Euronatur Foundation, the European Alliance for Plant-based Foods, The Vegan Society, the Good Food Institute, Compassion in World Farming, HealthCare Without Harm) sent a letter to EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski on Tuesday 29 September. The letter calls for a better alignment between the Common Agricultural Policy and the EU’s […]


MEPs urged to repel CAP amendments on denominations of plant-based products

On 28 August 2020, SAFE and 34 other organizations urged Members of the European Parliament in a letter to oppose several amendments forcing the use of terms such as “steak”, “sausage”, “escalope”, “burger” or “hamburger” exclusively for products of animal origin. The adoption of such amendments would mean that it is not possible to use […]


NGOs address the proposal to ban the use of terms such as ‘veggie burger’ in the EU

In an apparent attempt to undermine the growing success of plant-based alternatives to animal products, an amendment was adopted by the Committee on Agriculture (AGRI) of the 8th Legislature on 1st April 2019 within the proposal for a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Regulation establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products (2018/0218 COD). […]


A worldwide shift: profiling the alternative meat market

According to recent research from GlobalData, the majority of the world’s population has adopted a diet that features reduced or entirely absent meat consumption. Changing consumer habits and the rise of ‘flexitarianism’ – eating predominantly, but not strictly, vegetarian – has led to the reduced consumption of meat in favour of vegetables and meat alternatives. […]


Report says end meat and dairy subsidies, tax meat in shift to crop protein diet

According to a report released at a debate held at the European Parliament on the 27th of February, the EU and the UK after Brexit should end subsidies for meat and dairy production and tax meat and other animal products, to encourage a necessary shift to growing pulses and other protein crops. Read the full […]