Spain rejects proposals to ban labels on herbal products
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The Spanish government has rejected proposals to ban labels for vegan and vegetarian products put forward by the far-right Vox party. The ban was intended to censor alternatives to meat and plant-based dairy products.
And it comes as broader European Union (EU) legislation seeks to retain labels for animal products only.
But since yesterday, the Spanish Committee for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of the Congress of Deputies has taken a stand.
Labels of products of plant origin
Vox planned to reverse the EU’s rejections of Amendments 165 and 171, known as the “ban on veggie burgers” and “ban on dairy products”.
Party MP Magdalena Nevado argued that herbal products cannot be presented as equivalent substitutes. “These names evoke meat and can confuse consumers. Let’s call everything by name, ”she said.
ProVeg Spain, a subsidiary of ProVeg International, a food awareness organization, welcomed the decision.
“Once again, it is clear that you cannot put limits on an industry that is growing due to explicit demand from consumers, who have proven that they fully understand what they are buying and why they are buying it. buy, ”commented communications manager Verónica Larco.
Likewise, the co-founder of Spain’s leading vegan meat brand, Heura Foods, says we shouldn’t underestimate consumers.
Bernat Ananos Martinez said PBN: “I totally agree that we have to educate consumers, but they are not stupid. They know perfectly well how to differentiate a vegetable dumpling from an animal dumpling.
He added: “If politicians really want to empower customers, let’s work on an eco-score system on all products where you can clearly see the environmental impact.
“They should stop protecting harmful industries and focus on environmental organizations instead. “