Got (Soy) Milk? European Court Bans Word ‘Milk’ on Dairy-Free Products

Plant-based food companies can no longer use terms like ‘milk’ and ‘cheese’ to describe their products, according a ruling by European Court of Justice released this week.

The case was sparked by a complaint against German company TofuTown, which sells dairy-free products like ‘tofu butter’ and ‘rice spray cream’. According to the Court, terms like ‘milk’, ‘cream’, ‘butter’, ‘yogurt’, and ‘cheese’ are exclusively reserved for animal-derived dairy products.

This isn’t the first time the dairy, egg, and meat industries have tried to shut down plant-based competitors, and it won’t be the last. As consumers learn more about the horrific animal cruelty that pervades the farming industry, they are increasingly seeking out vegan versions of traditional meat, dairy, and egg products. The market share of plant-based products has risen dramatically in recent years, and so to have the animal product industry’s efforts to undermine and injure plant-based companies.

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What Does Brexit Mean for Animals in Canada?

By Elizabeth Schoales, BA, MA, PhD, LLB (candidate).

Last month a slim majority of British citizens voted for the UK to leave the European Union. It’s impossible to predict what’s going to unfold but if this happens it will affect animals, both in Britain and elsewhere. What we can do for animals in Canada at this stage is to be aware of the situation and the possible consequences.

Animal law and the EU

As one of 28 Member States, the UK is subject to EU law, which regulates cross-border trade and commerce. Laws related to animals are premised on Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), acknowledging that animals are sentient beings, and requiring Member States to give full regard to their welfare requirements. This informs all EU Treaties, Regulations and Directives, which cover various areas such as rearing, slaughter and transportation of farm animals, product labelling as it relates to welfare, importation of endanger…

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