Demand Canada Change Its Restrictive Anti-"Veggie Meat" Regulation

  • by: Susan Bird / Care2 Causes
  • recipient: The Honorable Rona Ambrose, Canada's Minister of Health, responsible for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CIFA) recently advised Seattle-based Field Roast Grain Meat Co. that it does not comply with Canadian "simulated meat" labeling requirements. CIFA indicated Field Roast would need to make some significant changes and perform animal testing in order to continue selling its vegan "grain meat" products in Canada. Requiring animal testing to determine protein ratios of "simulated meat" products is outdated and unnecessary, particularly for vegans who know how to read food labels and make healthy food choices. In addition, a vegan company simply cannot and will not test on animals, so this regulation seems both unnecessary and somewhat biased against veggie meat. Please sign this petition asking Minister Rona Ambrose to review and change this restrictive "simulated meat" labeling law. It offers no real protection to the people of Canada. Rather, it serves to deprive them of safe and healthy vegan food choices freely available in the United States and elsewhere in the world.

Dear Minister Ambrose:

Those who have signed this petition, like many other members of the public, were disappointed to learn that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CIFA) has required that the Field Roast Grain Meat Company comply with an unnecessary and impossible labeling regulation in order to sell its vegan products in your country.

Requiring animal testing to determine protein ratios of so-called "simulated meat" products is outdated and unnecessary. In addition, because "simulated meat" products are aimed at vegans and vegetarians, it is highly unlikely that such companies could or would agree to test on animals. The law, in effect, serves to exclude these vegan product from your marketplaces.

Vegans and vegetarians know how to read food labels and make healthy food choices. They can ensure their own protein intake is sufficient, just like the meat eaters of the world.

Please review this regulation with an eye toward making changes that won't be so restrictive on these meat substitute products. We thank you for giving this matter the attention it deserves.

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