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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.

Potential Class Actions Against Fairlife Farms for Fraudulent Animal Welfare Representations

The Chicago Tribune recently reported that lawsuits seeking class action certification for consumers who were misled by Fairlife’s marketing regarding its treatment of cows used to produce dairy gathered in federal court in front of U.S. District Judge Robert Dow Jr. in Chicago. This follows an October order by the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordering the transfer of all such cases to the Northern District of Illinois.

“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.”

National Advertising Division Finds Insufficient Support for Animal Welfare Claims

The NAD has recommended that Hatfield Quality Meats discontinue use of the phrase “Ethically Raised by Family Farmers Committed to a Higher Standard of Care, Governed by Third Party Animal Welfare Audits” because its “aspirational programs” are insufficient to support its current claim.

Incentives and Disincentives to Decrease Meat Consumption

An article in the journal Appetite explores Australian consumer attitudes and goals regarding meat consumption.

Lawsuit Challenges Red Lobster’s Sustainability Claims

A proposed class of seafood consumers has filed suit against Red Lobster alleging that the company’s marketing practices are deceptive. The complaint states that while the company claims its seafood is “sourced from the highest standards,” in reality its products come from “suppliers that use environmentally destructive practices that threaten endangered populations of North American right whales” and “industrial shrimp farms that do not employ the highest environmental or animal welfare standards.”

Texas Considers Requiring Cultivated Products be Labeled as “Cell-Cultured” or “Lab-Grown”

Texas House Bill 242 would amend the state Health and Safety Code to define terms such as meat, beef, pork, and poultry to specifically exclude any “cell-cultured, plant-based, or insect-based food product.” The bill would declare a plant-based meat analogue as misbranded if it does not prominently display a term such as “analogue,” “meatless,” or “plant-based” immediately before the name of the product and a cultivated meat product as misbranded if it does not prominently display the term “cell-cultured” or “lab-grown” immediately before the name of the product.

Panel Upholds Dismissal of Foster Farms Humane Labeling Lawsuit

A panel of California state judges has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a proposed class action alleging Foster Farms misleads customers with its American Humane Association certification labels. The panel held that the claims were preempted under the Poultry Products Inspection Act because the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection System approved the labels.

Appellate Court Dismisses Pet Food Labeling Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a case in which plaintiffs had challenged pet food label claims made by Champion Pet Foods USA, such as “biologically appropriate,” “trusted everywhere,” “fresh and regional ingredients,” and “ingredients we love [from] people we trust.” The court found that all the label claims were “nonactionable puffery” and that plaintiffs lacked standing to pursue the “biologically appropriate” claim since they had never purchased the batch of food at issue that was allegedly tainted.  

Texas Considers Bill to Restrict Labeling and Advertisement of the Term “Meat”

Texas Senate Bill 2035 proposes to restrict the use of the terms meat, beef, chicken, and pork on advertising and labeling of food products to food products made out of a “formerly live” animal. The bill would also ban advertisements and labeling of “imitation” meat products that include comparisons of the product’s nutritional value to slaughtered animal products.