Federal Court Overturns Louisiana Food Labeling Law

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana overturned Louisiana’s “Truth in Labeling of Food Products Act” (“Act”), which, among other restrictions, prohibited using meat-related terminology on plant-based food packaging and prohibited cultivated meat from being labeled as a “meat product.” In a constitutional challenge to the Act brought by Tofurkey parent company Turtle Island Foods, Judge Brian Jackson granted summary judgment enjoining enforcement of the Act, holding that the State of Louisiana failed to produce any evidence of consumer confusion about plant-based food packaging and that “the Act is an impermissible restriction on Plaintiff’s commercial speech.” Tofurky was represented by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Good Food Institute.