Vegan Food Manufacturers Sue State Over Unconstitutional Law Banning Them From Using Meat Words

from the First-Amendment-right-to-tell-customers-what-they're-buying dept

The state of Mississippi is being sued for enacting an unconstitutional law -- one that prevents certain food companies from labeling their products in a way that limits customer confusion. The Institute for Justice -- representing Upton's Naturals Co. and the Plant Based Foods Association -- is seeking an injunction blocking the law from taking effect and taking away a bit of the First Amendment with it. (via Reason)

The law that took effect July 1 supposedly was crafted to eliminate customer confusion. It prevents sellers of plant-based foods from using meat-related terms on their packaging. Here it is in all its all-caps glory:

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 75-35-15, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT A FOOD PRODUCT THAT CONTAINS CULTURED ANIMAL TISSUE PRODUCED FROM ANIMAL CELL CULTURES OUTSIDE OF THE ORGANISM FROM WHICH IT IS DERIVED SHALL NOT BE LABELED AS MEAT OR A MEAT FOOD PRODUCT; TO PROVIDE THAT A PLANT-BASED OR INSECT-BASED FOOD PRODUCT SHALL NOT BE LABELED AS A MEAT OR MEAT FOOD PRODUCT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

It's only the rarest and most-inattentive of customers that accidentally purchases vegan burgers instead of the real thing. No shoppers in Mississippi were clamoring for protection from Big Vegetable's marketing tactics. Instead, this was a gift to the local meat industry, propelled by corporate interests all the way to the governor's desk.

The lawsuit [PDF] points out lobbying efforts began prior to the 2019 legislative session, with representatives from the meat industry openly stating they wanted to "protect" cattle farmers "from having to compete" with non-animal products. They pointed to the reduced dairy revenue caused by the introduction of soy and almond milk into the marketplace as an example of the damage they wanted to avoid.

None of these are good reasons for new laws, especially ones that prevent competitors from labeling their products in a way that makes them understandable and palatable to consumers. The ban extends to almost all commonly-used meat terms, blocking plant-based food creators from using terms like "meatless meatballs" or "vegan bacon." The end result will be more customer confusion, not less, as those seeking vegan products will have very little information to work with when trying to replace meat products in their diets.

As the lawsuit notes, the ban is both content- and speaker-based, giving it two Constitutional strikes right off the bat. In addition, it "creates confusion and misleading speech where none previously existed." It carves a hole in the First Amendment on behalf of a favored industry, which is certainly not a "compelling government interest." It replaces zero harm with actual harm, which is something legislators should never strive to do.

By banning honest, accurate, and non-misleading descriptions of Plaintiffs' products, the Ban has abridged Plaintiffs' freedom of speech and the freedom of speech of anyone else who would otherwise used the Banned terms in a similar and non-misleading way.

The Ban irreparably harms Plaintiffs by preventing Plaintiffs from engaging in non-misleading speech about lawful goods the Plaintiffs want to sell.

The Ban also irreparably harms consumers by denying them access to useful information about lawful goods in the marketplace.

The Ban keeps consumers under-informed and confused about what is actually being offered by the seller.

The law likely won't stay alive for long. It's not Constitutional in its current form and it would take a lot of alteration to change it into something that doesn't violate rights. But the longer it stays alive, the more of a burden it is for plant-based food sellers in the state. The meat lobby has turned taxpayer dollars against taxpayers by getting this law enacted, ensuring they'll be paying for the state's defense of its shitty law, as well as any future work the legislature needs to do to bring itself back in compliance with the Constitution.

Filed Under: customer confusion, fake meat, food labeling, free speech, mississippi, plant-based meat, vegan meat


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  1. identicon
    MayoHasSomethingToSay, 10 Jul 2019 @ 2:13pm

    Bet the State Wins this round

    Look up the lawsuit on the use of the term Mayo, Mayo must have eggs. This lawsuit follows that theme in that meat terms would require meat to be animal based.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2019 @ 2:17pm

    Bad example

    The Reason article links to a Yves "Good Veggie Burger" page. The package shows a picture of a burger and says "4 juicy burgers", but the products are not actually burgers—they're burger patties without buns. So even if "veggie burger" is OK, as it should be ("hamburger" is the regulated term and they don't say it), that's a fraudulent package, and any anti-fraud legislation needs to carve a hole in the First Amendment.

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    Pixelation, 10 Jul 2019 @ 2:23pm

    Looks like the vegans have a beef with the state.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2019 @ 2:52pm

    Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    meat terms would require meat to be animal based.

    Yeah, the vegan companies have a weak case. If the law said they can't describe their products as "burger replacement", "cheese-substitute", etc., I'd be on their side.

    It'll be much more interesting when the cultured meat companies get involved, and their product actually contains animal cells (though not from animals).

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2019 @ 3:08pm

    TO PROVIDE THAT A ... INSECT-BASED FOOD PRODUCT SHALL NOT BE LABELED AS A MEAT OR MEAT FOOD PRODUCT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

    So; we've got the plant-based distributors upset that they have to say "bacon alternative" instead of "vegan bacon" on the package.

    But to me, there's a bigger issue here. Over time, different tissues have been considered "meat". In some places, "meat" meant cow. In other places, it meant "cow or pig." In others, it meant "cow, pig, chicken, sheep or goat." Eventually, fish got added too.

    But why is insect meat not allowed to be included here? I know that most vegans would be pretty upset if they bought something with insects in it because the product wasn't allowed to include the word "meat" -- and in fact could call it "meatless" by this law's interpretation.

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    Gary (profile), 10 Jul 2019 @ 3:09pm

    Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    Yeah, the vegan companies have a weak case.

    Well except for the massive first amendment issues, the complete lack of consumer confusion, and the fact that this is nothing but back-room dealing to protect government bribes, I guess.

    But I guess you really are confused by the term "Veggie Burger" then it's proof that generations of inbreeding really does take a toll.

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    James Burkhardt (profile), 10 Jul 2019 @ 3:18pm

    Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    I mean, using 'ground beef replacement' or 'cheese substitute' to describe plant protein based foods is kind of exactly what this bans.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2019 @ 3:22pm

    Re:

    It all depends on how you render the story.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2019 @ 3:24pm

    Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    that is exactly what the law says.

    also, "burger" means "someone from a town". in this case, a shortening of "Hamburger-style ground beef". beef industry has about zero compelling interest in the actual words. we can ask the city and residents of Hamburg to weigh in on that.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2019 @ 3:28pm

    This isn't about "free speech". It's about truth in marketing.

    This issue goes back over five hundred years ago, with the Bavarian beer purity law, which allowed brewers to use any ingredients they wanted, as long as they didn't call it beer.

    At least be glad that this is an actual law, and not something coming out of some regulatory agency which rules by decree.

    And compared to countries such as France, the US has always been very lenient in allowing food manufacturers the freedom to deviate from historical definitions of foods without running afoul of laws and regulations.

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 10 Jul 2019 @ 3:51pm

    Two ways to think about that

    The first is that if cockroach parts were found in a beef patty the health department would go uncontrollably crazy.

    The second is, if the product were made entirely of cockroaches but the source of the nutrition was masked in some way, the consumers, as well as the health department would go uncontrollably crazy if they found out.

    Then, compared to those societies that endorse cockroach protein in chocolate covered forms, or deep fried, or prepared some other way, is our potential for insanity when cockroaches become a part of our food chain abnormal?

    As to whether the cockroaches as protein should be disclosed or not, it is gonna take some time for acceptance in some cultures as much time and effort has been expended on vilifying cockroaches in food. The marketing folks probably feel a need to hide it, in face of the competing propaganda, but at the same time feel a need for truth in advertising. Time will tell. The question that remains is whether the new food sources can withstand the wait?

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  12. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2019 @ 3:54pm

    Re:

    Did you read (and comprehend) the article?
    Or maybe you are suggesting that 'alterative' foods should not exist?

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2019 @ 4:04pm

    Re: Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    You'd already made your point. The Ad Hominem is unworthy of you.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2019 @ 4:10pm

    Re: Two ways to think about that

    Yes, but this is a bad example. Cockroaches inducing insanity (regarless of if they were ingested) is a normal, and (In my opinion) healthy response.

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    PNRCinema (profile), 10 Jul 2019 @ 4:12pm

    Well...

    Did anyone see the CBS Sunday Morning piece on "Impossible" burgers and cultured meats this past weekend? I have to be totally honest here - the people who run these two companies come across as totally arrogant, holier than thou, "We know what's best for EVERYBODY and we're going to force our way down your throats" kind of people. Both company heads are on record as saying that they're in this to drive the meat industry to it's knees, that they want to stop the whole world from ever eating meat again. No indication what they intend to do with the animals when the planet gets overrun by them. Not to mention that, as an unabashed steak lover, watching the process of both products being made does not give me an appetite to try either one of them...bleah...if interested, you can check it out at https://www.cbsnews.com/news/wheres-the-beef-hamburger-patties-made-from-plants-2019-07-07/

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    Thad (profile), 10 Jul 2019 @ 4:19pm

    Re: Well...

    No indication what they intend to do with the animals when the planet gets overrun by them.

    ...you...seem a little unclear on how meat is produced.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2019 @ 5:21pm

    I hear they’re now selling beef milk, which is like almond milk that’s pushed through tiny holes in cows.

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  18. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2019 @ 5:25pm

    Re: Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    How could anyone claim a product called "ground beef replacement" is "LABELED AS A MEAT OR MEAT FOOD PRODUCT"? I can't see how the law covers that.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2019 @ 5:29pm

    Re: Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    Well except for the massive first amendment issues

    How do you determine they're "massive"? Any product labeling law is going to restrict speech, which is not allowed by the first amendment. Courts have been ignoring that for two centuries; why would they care now?

    Nobody's confused by "veggie burger", but there're definitely some sketchcy vegan products where they'll say something like "chick'n" in large letters and it's not obvious they're not meat. If this is anything like trademark law where you just need a "moron in a hurry" being confused, restrictions could be justified.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2019 @ 5:29pm

    Re: Well...

    No indication what they intend to do with the animals when the planet gets overrun by them.

    One possible outcome could be that of India, where millions of cows roam freely, causing destruction and blocking roads, and where anyone who dares to do anything about it could face an angry lynch mob.

    as an unabashed steak lover, watching the process of both products being made does not give me an appetite to try either one of them...bleah...

    Would watching real steaks being made give you an appetite? The animal rights activists who secretly film the dark side of the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival (which just ended a week ago) are apparently hoping that showing what really goes on away from public eyes will create less demand for dog meat, not more.

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  21. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2019 @ 5:31pm

    Re: Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    in this case, a shortening of "Hamburger-style ground beef".

    If we hold that "burger" means "hamburger" specifically (rather than any cooked patty wrapped in bread/bun), the term "chicken burger" wouldn't be allowed either.

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    JoeCool (profile), 10 Jul 2019 @ 5:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    You're the only one who can't. ;)

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    Puzzled, 10 Jul 2019 @ 7:25pm

    I wonder what their position is on coconut milk. It's never been a problem before.

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    Gary (profile), 10 Jul 2019 @ 7:32pm

    Re:

    coconut milk

    Dairy States consider this horrible false advertising and have tried to block "Soy Milk", "Almond Milk" etc. Because despite the use of the word "Soy" anything that includes "Milk" is tortuous if it doesn't come from cows.

    Moo. And once again - Anyone who Claims to be confused be this is either lying, or inbred. (Err, or both.)

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    Pixelation, 10 Jul 2019 @ 7:47pm

    Re:

    Aren't lobsters and crabs just giant water insects?

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    Gary (profile), 10 Jul 2019 @ 8:21pm

    Re: Well...

    No indication what they intend to do with the animals when the planet gets overrun by them.

    Laughably, this is not a problem. Who told you that we are going to be over run by cows, InfoWars?

    It'd be funny but we are really doing some serious harm. Especially to the fish species we consider delicious. But if "Animals will over run us if we don't eat more" make you sleep better - you are a liar, or walking proof of inbreeding, eh?

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/30/humanity-wiped-out-animals-since-1970-major- report-finds

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  27. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2019 @ 9:04pm

    Subway and McDonalds

    Do you think Subway and McDonalds are helping fund the suit?
    They must be worried about having to pull out of the state... and so might others...

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  28. icon
    Toom1275 (profile), 10 Jul 2019 @ 9:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    Ad Hominem

    [Asserts facts not in evidence]

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    Toom1275 (profile), 10 Jul 2019 @ 9:35pm

    Re: Two ways to think about that

    if cockroach parts were found in a beef patty the health department would go uncontrollably crazy.

    Hotdogs, on the other hand...

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  30. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2019 @ 10:27pm

    Re: Re: Two ways to think about that

    “With the hot dog there was always a feeling of implied consent. We always knew—or assumed we knew—that whatever was inside that snappy tube, it might contain anything from 100 percent kosher beef to dead zoo animals or parts of missing Gambino family. With a hot dog, especially New York's famous "dirty-water hot dog", there was a tacit agreement that you were on your own.”

    Tony Bourdain

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Jul 2019 @ 10:30pm

    Re: Re:

    Pretty much.

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    Toom1275 (profile), 10 Jul 2019 @ 10:41pm

    Re: Re: Re: Two ways to think about that

    "Hot Dogs were invented in 1936 by Larry Hotdogs when he accidentally dropped a bag of prize-winning pig buttholes into his dick-shaper machine."

    -the Internet

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    mhajicek (profile), 10 Jul 2019 @ 10:45pm

    Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    I think the meat of their argument is a bit lean.

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  34. identicon
    Anonymous Cowherd, 11 Jul 2019 @ 3:05am

    Truth in advertizing

    Why should you call something a meatball if it's not a ball made of meat?

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jul 2019 @ 3:16am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    and apparently, still doesn't know what ad hominem means.

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  36. identicon
    Roy Rogers, 11 Jul 2019 @ 3:21am

    Re: Re: Well...

    "Would watching real steaks being made give you an appetite?"

    Any one aspect of it?
    Yes. Just thinking about it makes me want to fire up the BBQ.

    Start to finish is a lot of work and is guaranteed to work up an appetite. If you watched in real time.

    People eat Pâté at wakes

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jul 2019 @ 3:22am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    oh dear lord no.

    well, not unless there is some canoodling going on between various animal-slaughtering industries. then it's ok.

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    Roy Rogers, 11 Jul 2019 @ 3:26am

    Re: Truth in advertizing

    "meatless meatball"

    it is truth in advertising

    it has as much meat as your argument

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jul 2019 @ 3:29am

    Re: Truth in advertizing

    why should you call only certain animal flesh meat? the word "meat" didn't always mean that.

    never mind that no one is remotely confused by referring to a meat analogue to describe some plant-based food (or anything else).

    have some city chicken, please.

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  40. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jul 2019 @ 4:59am

    Re: Re:

    It's untrue the dairy have some cow only definition of milk there's no problem with goat or sheep milk.

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  41. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jul 2019 @ 5:09am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    That's not an ad hominem. Simply name calling is not what an ad hominem is. You "internet people" really need to spot using that term.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jul 2019 @ 5:12am

    Re: Re:

    No, crustaceans are not insects.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jul 2019 @ 5:13am

    Re:

    Be glad there's a law? No, I don't think so.

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    frank87 (profile), 11 Jul 2019 @ 5:14am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    Waiting for the "Can't believe it's not a hamburger" trademark...

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  45. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jul 2019 @ 5:19am

    Re: Re: Re: Well...

    I'm a member of PETA: People for the Eating of Tasty Animals!

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  46. icon
    frank87 (profile), 11 Jul 2019 @ 6:07am

    Re: Re: Well...

    There are real limits to the number of holy cows in India. There are no holy bulls, and only some special cows are holy.
    I don't know de details (I'm no Hindu) but there is population control for cows in India.

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    frank87 (profile), 11 Jul 2019 @ 6:29am

    Re: Re: Well...

    I think he refers to the fact that most vegans don't want to kill any animal. And some of them are pretty extreme: if you hurt an animal, you're evil. If the animal hurts you, it's your fault too.
    Yes, people are killing animals, but without it we would have serious problems. Rats would eat our grains, birds would eat our fruits, and bears would eat our children.
    Your reference is about killing more animals than we used to do (most of them through modifying the environment), not about killing animals.

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    Thad (profile), 11 Jul 2019 @ 8:08am

    Re: Re: Re: Well...

    Your reference is about killing more animals than we used to do (most of them through modifying the environment), not about killing animals.

    His reference is about the mass production of meat for people to eat.

    The reason his reference is about that is that it is the subject that we are talking about.

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    Thad (profile), 11 Jul 2019 @ 8:12am

    Re: Truth in advertizing

    Why should you call something a meatball if it's not a ball made of meat?

    Restrictions on speech aren't about what people should call things, they're about what people can call things.

    Truth-in-advertising (no "z") laws are about protecting consumers from being misled. "Meatless meatballs" is not misleading; only a moron in a hurry would think "meatless meatballs", "veggie burgers", "almond milk", etc. are terms that imply that a food or beverage is an animal product.

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  50. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jul 2019 @ 8:35am

    Re: Re:

    Dairy States consider this horrible false advertising and have tried to block "Soy Milk", "Almond Milk" etc.

    Anyone who Claims to be confused be this is either lying, or inbred. (Err, or both.)

    Vegans will argue endlessly that soy and almond milk are legitimate alternatives to animal milk so make of that what you will.

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    nasch (profile), 11 Jul 2019 @ 8:38am

    Re: Re:

    What is it with the inbreeding, Gary? You seem preoccupied with it.

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    Toom1275 (profile), 11 Jul 2019 @ 8:43am

    Re: Re: Truth in advertizing

    why should you call only certain animal flesh meat? the word "meat" didn't always mean that.

    The term "Nut meat" has been around for a long time, iirc.

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    Toom1275 (profile), 11 Jul 2019 @ 8:43am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    That's what I said.

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  54. identicon
    Anon, 11 Jul 2019 @ 8:49am

    Re: Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    No. The state has and has always had the right to set standards for Truth in Labelling laws. If it contains the word "meat" consumers expect meat. There is no long tradition of using meat to describe tofu, chickpeas, or similar substitutes. Even using the word "meat" in the name can be confusing - is "Meat substitute" a substitute for meat, or a meat that is a substitute (for something)?

    There's a similar issue where you can't call a drink "fruit juice" unless it's juice, from fruit. If it's water and sugar, artificial flavour, and a smattering of fruit juice it's "drink" not "juice".

    "Burger" may or may not imply meat. (Veggie burger has been with us for years and is unmistakably NOT meat. Chickenburger, is meat) Hamburger certainly does imply meat. Similarly, steak, bacon, meatloaf - all imply meat.

    There may come a day when consumers are aware that much of what passes for "meat" isn't but that day is not today.

    OTOH, the cultured meat makers may have a case.

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  55. identicon
    Anon, 11 Jul 2019 @ 8:53am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    Because the buyer may not be too swift - is it a replacement for ground beef, or ground beef that is a replacement for something? Especially if it's made to look and behave like ground beef - it becomes confusing.

    We are also seeing "Beyond Meat" as a brand. That too is going to be confusing to the hard of thinking. The manufacturers, being young hip and "with it", may know what you mean but your 55-year-old aunt in Peoria may be confused.

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  56. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jul 2019 @ 9:14am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    The problem with the moron in a hurry standard os oy encourages faster and stupider morons.

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    James Burkhardt (profile), 11 Jul 2019 @ 11:21am

    Re:

    Where do you get that vegan bacon is bad but that bacon alternative (without indicating that it is plant based), is OK? Turkey Bacon can also be called a bacon alternative (bacon being a specific cut of meat from a pig). I question if using "vegan bacon alternative" really is a strong distinction, and therefore the weaker Bacon Alternative seems to fall under this law.

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  58. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Jul 2019 @ 1:22pm

    Re: meatless meatballs, really?

    This simple two word product description seems inherently misleading and entirely contradictory (oxymoron anyone?!?). I mean can a thing be both meatless AND a meatball??? What we're really talking about here are meatless balls. ;)

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  59. identicon
    Meat Head, 12 Jul 2019 @ 3:29pm

    First they came for the language...

    See Subject

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  60. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Jul 2019 @ 8:20pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    People like dropping the "argumentum" in order to sound like they have something and are smart, hoping to pull a fast one on anyone else who doesn't understand logical fallacies. Or they just picked it up from others who use it that way, hoping to sound clever. (Or got it _n_th hand from others who don't have a clue.)

    If they want to tone troll about jabs, insults, etc., they should just own that position, but it doesn't invalidate any arguments.

    At least they didn't append attack(s) to it, but the capitalization scheme was fun.

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  61. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Jul 2019 @ 8:22pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    I accept that challenge,and raise you two morons in a really big hurry, in a bucket, with hats on.

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  62. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Jul 2019 @ 8:23pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    Ground beef is a replacement for those furniture coasters you put under couch legs, for example, right?

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Jul 2019 @ 8:25pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    But they are all Arthropoda, which is what i rather think they were getting at.

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    Seegras (profile), 15 Jul 2019 @ 6:41am

    Re: Re:

    Mammals. They're called mammals, those species that produce milk with mammal glands.

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    nasch (profile), 15 Jul 2019 @ 6:54am

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    those species that produce milk with mammal glands.

    Mammary glands.

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  66. identicon
    Chris Brand, 15 Jul 2019 @ 3:38pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Bet the State Wins this round

    There's also a long tradition of using meat to refer to the, well, meaty part of plants. Definition #2 of https://www.dictionary.com/browse/meat:
    "the edible part of anything, as a fruit or nut:
    Crack the walnuts and remove the meats."

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