#EuropeanCitizensInitiative – Commission registers ‘Mandatory Food Labelling Non-Vegetarian/Vegetarian/Vegan’ initiative’

| November 9, 2018

The European Commission has decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled ‘Mandatory food labelling Non-Vegetarian / Vegetarian / Vegan’. The initiative states that: ‘Vegetarians and vegans struggle across the EU to identify suitable food. We must study the ingredients list of a food product to determine if it is fit for purchase with a hyper-awareness of ambiguous ingredients that could either be plant or animal based’.  The organizers call on the European Commission to propose mandatory pictorial labels on all food products indicating whether they are non-vegetarian, vegetarian, or vegan. The Commission’s decision to register the Initiative concerns only the legal admissibility of the proposal. The Commission has not analyzed the substance at this stage. The registration of this Initiative will take place on 12 November 2018, starting a one-year process of collection of signatures of support by its organisers. Should the initiative receive one million statements of support within one year, from at least seven different member states, the Commission will have to react within three months. More information is available in the press release here.

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