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Vegan Consumer Files Suit Over Contaminated Impossible Whopper

A Burger King consumer has filed a proposed class action against Burger King, claiming that the restaurant’s representations that the Impossible Whoppers were “0% beef,” when in fact they were cooked on “the same grills as its traditional meat products,” were misleading. The complaint alleges unjust enrichment, breach of contract, and violation of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

FDA Announces Comment Period Extension Meeting On “A New Era of Smarter Food Safety”

The FDA has extended its comment period related to the public meeting held in October regarding the use of new and emerging technologies and upcoming innovation in the agricultural and other fields. One question on which the agency is requesting feedback relates to the safety of foods produced through new business models. Written comments will now be accepted until December 5, 2019.

“Real MEAT” Bill Companion Introduced in Senate

A Senate companion to the House Real MEAT (Marketing Edible Artificials Truthfully) Act has been introduced in the Senate by Republican Deb Fischer. The bills propose to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require that any “imitation meat food product, beef, or beef product” both be labeled with the word “imitation” immediately before or after the name of the food in uniform size and prominence and include a “statement that clearly indicates the product is not derived from or does not contain meat.”

Vermont Proposes Meat Labeling Law

Vermont Senate Bill 206 would deem any meat or meat food product misbranded if the product was not “derived from or harvested from a carcass of cattle, bison, sheep, swine, domestic rabbits, or goats or from a poultry carcass.” The bill also prohibits selling or distributing any product labeled as meat, a meat product, poultry, or a poultry product unless that product contains “the part of the muscle of any cattle, bison, sheep, swine, goats, horses, mules, or other equines that is skeletal or that is found in the tongue, in the diaphragm, in the heart, or in the esophagus, with or without the accompanying and overlying fat, and the portions of bone, skin, sinew, nerve, blood vessels that normally accompany the muscle tissue and that does not include the muscle found in the lips, snout, or ears” or the carcass of “any domesticated bird.” Conviction for violations of this law could result in two years of imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, or both, and it would leave the offender open to civil liability of $10,000 for each product in violation of the law.

Vermont Proposes Milk Labeling Law

Vermont Senate Bill 207 proposes to criminalize selling or distributing a food product labeled as “milk” or as a “dairy product” that is not or is not derived from “the pure lacteal secretion” of a cow or other livestock, unless that product conforms to a standard of identity adopted by the Food and Drug Administration. An offense would be punishable by two years of imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, or both, and it would leave the offender open to civil liability of $10,000 for each product in violation of the law.

Article Explores Chinese Market of Meat Substitutes

A new piece in the New York Times asks whether the Chinese market will accept meat substitutes, such as products produced by Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods.

Impossible Foods Launches Plant-Based Pork and Sausage

Impossible Foods has announced the release of its newest products, Beyond Pork and Sausage. The sausage will arrive at some Burger King locations across the country later this month.

Judge Says Plaintiff Likely to Prevail in Suit Against Beyond Meat, Says California Court

A California Superior Court judge has ruled that Don Lee farms, a supplier to plant-based meat company Beyond Meat, is likely to prevail in its lawsuit against the company for breaching its manufacturing agreement.

Upton’s and PBFA Challenge Oklahoma Labeling Law

Upton’s Naturals and the Plant Based Foods Association have filed suit against the state of Oklahoma, bringing a First Amendment challenge to the state’s law that requires disclaimers on plant-based products that use a term normally associated with conventional meat.

New Report on Labeling of Plant-Based Foods

A new report from the World Resources Institute analyzes the kind of language to use and to avoid in order to make plant-based foods appealing to more consumers.