The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism provides a forum for discussing issues around vegetarianism and veganism. The group is funded by The Vegan Society and Vegetarian for Life.

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Veggie Vurger, anyone? EU proposal to restrict plant-based descriptions

July 17, 2019 2:45 pm

Houses of Parliament

The EU is moving to regulate against plant-based products being described as “burgers”, “sausages”, etc: how should we respond?

About this Event

The rise in plant-based food has been underpinned by health ambitions, awareness of climate change, and animal protection concerns. But recently the EU’s Agri Committee has moved to regulate against plant-based products being described as “burgers”, “sausages”, or other such terms.

Join the panel to discuss what this ruling might mean for the UK, how it might affect sustainability efforts, and how the UK government ought to respond.

Speakers so far:

• Alexandra Clark, Campaign Manager, Humane Society International

• Tess Kelly, Quorn Foods

• Christina Rees MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales (Chair)

• Stephen Pugh, EU Food Labelling Specialist Consultant

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How to Get Involved

We very much welcome attendees with an interest in vegetarianism, veganism, or special diets; public health; the environment; and animal welfare. Meetings will usually take the form of presentations by speakers and then a Q&A with the floor. However, parliamentarians do have priority in asking questions.

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How the Group Works

We hope that meetings will be attended by a range of parliamentarians and stakeholders. Potential topics for discussion include food and medicine labelling, vegetarianism and veganism as protected beliefs, impact of diet on climate change, and institutional catering provisions. This is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in these webpages are those of the group.

Officers

  • Kerry McCarthy MP
  • Henry Smith MP
  • Baroness Jenny Jones of Moulscoomb
  • Darren Jones MP

Chair

  • Christina Rees MP

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1st May 2019

A celebration of the growth of veganism and the vegan market

9th January 2019

Houses of Parliament

Joint letter to Minister for Women and Equalities, Penny Mordaunt, from the officers of the APPG

5th December 2018

Documents from the meeting

Public procurement: do public authorities have a duty to supply vegan food?

16th October 2018

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Is it time for a legal definition of veganism?

18th July 2018

Houses of Parliament

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Joint letter to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, from the officers of the APPG

5th April 2018

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A celebration of the growth of veganism and the vegan market

17th January 2018

Houses of Parliament

The environmental impact of livestock farming

17th October 2017

Houses of Parliament

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Annual General Meeting Jul 2017

17th July 2017

Minutes of AGM July 2017

Joint letter to Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, from the officers of the APPG

28th February 2017

Documents from the meeting

Annual General Meeting Jan 2017

18th January 2017

Minutes of AGM January 2017

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