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Feb. 4, 2020

What’s in a Name? Webinar will discuss labeling laws for 'fake meat'

By Bryce McWilliams
U of A System Division of Agriculture 

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  • National Agricultural Law Center webinar will cover laws and regulations governing labeling of alternative proteins
  • Webinar will be February 19th, noon to 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Register online at http://bit.ly/36QLXTJ

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As alternative proteins gain popularity, the controversy of what to call them has turned legal.

WEBINAR — Elizabeth Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney for the National Agricultural Law Center, will discuss the basics of food labeling in the alternative protein context during a Feb. 19, 2020 webinar. Rumley will address current events such as recently passed state laws regulating the labeling of certain products within those states, as well as the status of those laws after legal challenges. (U of A System Division of Agriculture photo)

Debate has sparked among the labeling of alternative proteins, from more traditional plant-based alternatives to more recent developments in cell-cultured technology. As a result of this debate, more than a dozen states have passed laws restricting the use of words such as "meat," "jerky" and "burger.”

To discuss the complicated legal landscape of alternative protein labeling, the National Agricultural Law Center is hosting a free webinar in which Elizabeth Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney for the NALC, will cover the basics of food labeling in the alternative protein context. Rumley will address current events such as recently passed state laws regulating the labeling of certain products within those states, as well as the status of those laws after legal challenges.

Additionally, the webinar will discuss the agencies responsible for these labels, and laws delegating that responsibility. The webinar will be held Feb. 19th at noon EST/11 a.m. CST.

“Thirteen states across the United States passed laws in 2019 regarding the labeling of alternative proteins,” Rumley said. “This trend indicates that other states may take up similar proposals in 2020. This webinar will give insight into these laws, who creates them and more.”

Those interested can register online at: http://bit.ly/36QLXTJ.

For more information on the National Agricultural Law Center, visit https://nationalaglawcenter.org/ or follow @Nataglaw on Twitter.

 

About the National Agricultural Law Center

The National Agricultural Law Center serves as the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information. The Center works with producers, state and federal policymakers, Congressional staffers, attorneys, land grant universities, and many others to provide objective, nonpartisan agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community.

The Center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and works in close partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library.

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact 479-575-4607 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 

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Media Contact: Sarah Cato
Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
National Agricultural Law Center
870-815-9035
sscato@uark.edu 

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