Texas Considers Restrictions on Labeling Animal-Free Products

Texas House Bill 2277 would declare a food misbranded if it is labeled with “a term that has a [federal] standard of identity, if the product does not meet the [federal] standard of identity”; “a claim that the food product is nutritionally similar or superior to a food product with a [federal] standard of identity unless the food product’s label contains a factual comparison of the food products’ nutritional values”; or “an image, depiction, or graphic of a livestock animal, if the food product does not contain a product derived from a livestock animal,” unless the food is labeled with “the word ‘imitation’ immediately followed by the name of the product imitated” and, as applicable, the words “this product does not contain animal protein,” “meatless,” “meat free,” or “egg free.”