Meat Alternative Producers Commence Litigation in France

MEAT ALTERNATIVE PRODUCERS COMMENCE LITIGATION IN FRANCE IN RESPONSE TO A BAN OF THE USE OF “MEAT TERMINOLOGY”

In a significant legal challenge, key French producers of plant-based meat alternatives have filed an interim injunction with the Conseil d’Etat against France’s latest decree banning “meaty” terms for plant-based foods.

Interim injunctions serve to prevent unfairness while awaiting a trial by temporarily halting the implementation of a decree by a government, pending a final decision on the matter.

The Conseil d’Etat – France’s highest court – will now need to pronounce itself on the injunction, while already having faced a similar case in the past.

The French government’s last attempt to propose such a decree to court, resulting in the French Conseil d’Etat preferring to refer the case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for clarification in July 2023, with the final outcome of that referral still pending.

We will keep you updated on the progress of each of these litigations.

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