WILL THERE BE A VEGAN BURGER AFTER THE NEW DISC?

WILL THERE BE A VEGAN BURGER AFTER THE NEW DISC?

Firstly, we would like to express our sincere disappointment that measures with such far-reaching consequences are taken at the sub-legal level in the EU, even in today’s time of general shortages, energy crisis and environmental degradation, and that we are one of the few countries that even thinks of taking such senseless measures, which were also rejected at the EU level. It is about solving a non-existent problem, artificially created, which in the end only harms individuals and companies who want to work in harmony with nature, the environment and animals, and also confuses consumers further. The existence of non-meat (vegetarian, vegan) alternatives to meat products is not new, they are products that have been on the market for more than a century, they usually differ from meat products in terms of meat content, while spices, other ingredients, preparation, taste and visual image very similar, which is precisely why they use such names with clear emphasis that the product is vegan / plant-based / meat-free, to make the choice easier for the consumer looking for such a product.

The proposed amendment to the rules aims to prohibit the use of certain terms or words for alternatives to meat products for which no valid reason is given, no justification is given, the proportionality of the interference with the rights of persons and the possible consequences that such a measure would bring are not considered. Have you considered how many schools, public institutions, canteens, prisons, health institutions (not to mention growers, processors, producers and providers) will have additional administrative burdens due to this measure? With such a change, how will consumers be able to find out what kind of taste and texture it has, what kind of preparation, what is the appropriate use of an alternative that has been called in a certain way for many years, but now a completely new coinage, a completely new word will be needed? What is the contribution of the mentioned measure, which will only represent unreasonable restrictions and additional burdens?

As we also emphasized in the comments, we believe that the above would mean an unfounded and unjust intervention that would be a burden on processors of alternatives to meat products (interference in free economic initiative) and that it is a completely inappropriate way of regulating and encroaching on constitutional rights at the level of the rulebook , where there is no need even to explain the measures taken and weigh the consequences, and it also does not go beyond the regular legislative procedure. The experiment in question was discussed last year at the EU level as part of the Common Agricultural Policy, where it was rejected at the level of the Parliament, and the European Commission has been emphasizing for many years that prescribing additional restrictions on the naming of food is not appropriate.

In addition, given that it was also recognized at the EU level that such measures are completely inappropriate and unfounded, especially from the point of view of equal treatment and free economic initiative, we urged that the adoption of the rulebook in this form be stopped, since the adoption of such measures with by-laws, without the participation of the interested public, represents a completely inappropriate practice.

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One response to “WILL THERE BE A VEGAN BURGER AFTER THE NEW DISC?”

  1. How absolutely absurd. Surely these lawmakers have more important things to do with their time. However, if the petulant timewasters are determined to go ahead with this, in the interest of absolute accuracy on both sides, they should also rename the meat-based sausage “Emulsified High-Fat Offal Tube”, as suggested in Yes Prime Minister [1986].
    Another quote which comes to mind is from Gandhi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

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