The French Conseil d’Etat, France’s supreme court, feels a little uncertain about the legality of the proposed ban of meat-like phrasing for plant-based producers in France, and considers it unjustified for as far as giving consumer data.
The decree, planned to become effective in October 2022, has now been suspended.
Vegconomist has seen the report uncovering the suspension verdict as signed by the judge on 27th July.
The French body Protéines France states: “Protéines France, supported in particular by its members ACCRO, HAPPYVORE, LA VIE, NUTRITION & SANTE, OLGA, and UMIAMI, has lodged an urgent application for interim relief against Decree No. 2022-947 of 29 June 2022 on the use of certain names to designate foodstuffs containing vegetable proteins”
The release continues: “In his order of 27 July 2022, the interim relief judge of the Council of State recognized the impossibility for operators to comply with the decree on the date of entry into force of the text, i.e. 1 October 2022. Consequently, the Council of State suspended the implementation of the decree.”
“We are delighted to hear that the French Conseil d’Etat has decided to suspend the decree prohibiting names for plant-based products,” Jasmijn de Boo, Vice President of ProVeg International, said.
“Plant-based foods are part of the solution to tackling the climate crisis and any regulation should actively support their sale and marketing not hamper it,” she said.