Germany Adopts Strict Labeling Rules for Vegetarian & Vegan Items
With Germany being the first country to ban chick shredding, and the fact that plant-based options have soared in the past few years, as well as it being home to vegan supermarket Veganz and the largest vegan cake in the world, Germany definitely seems to have become a haven for plant-based eaters.
Now, the European country has accepted a proposal to enact stricter legally binding definitions when it comes to labeling vegetarian and vegan food items. According to Food and Drink Europe, consumer protection ministers of German federal states approved the proposal for the new definitions last month, which were created by a working group of German federal states, the industry lobby, the German Federation for Food Law and Food Science, and the German branch of the European Vegetarian Union (VEBU).
The definition will ensure that no items–such as breads, cookies, or even juices, can have the vegetarian or vegan label if any animal products were used at any point in their production and processing. The new definition takes into account not only ingredients, but also additives, carriers, flavorings, as well as enzymes.
Food and Drink Europe estimates that there are almost eight million vegetarians and 900,000 vegans in Germany, and according to Jan Felix Domke, political assistant at VEBU, “plant-based lifestyles will become easier” as a result of the new legal definitions.
Click here to read the full definitions for vegetarian and vegan food labels.
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