AZ bill prohibits calling nonmeat products ‘meat’

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A bill introduced in the Arizona house would make it illegal to “misrepresent” a product not derived from “harvested production livestock” as meat or poultry.

The proposed legislation defines “misrepresent” as “to use any untrue, misleading or deceptive oral or written statement, advertisement, label, display, picture, illustration or sample.”

The Arizona bill joins a growing stack of similar proposals in other states, which are seeking to establish their own rules while federal agencies begin to work on a framework for regulating meat alternatives vis a vis meat derived from animals. 

The Arizona House Committee on Land and Agriculture approved the bill by a vote of 4-3. The bill awaits the full House’s approval. 

The bill’s sponsor is David Cook, a cattle rancher.

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