One of France's highest courts has ordered a hold on a recently-passed law that limits words traditionally associated with meat, such as steak, sausage, lardon, dumpling and carpaccio to products actually containing meet.
The administrative court of the Council of State put a hold on the law, which had been scheduled to go into effect October 1. The case was brought by Proteines France, an industry association for vegetable protein companies, which argued the action was taken too hastily, and that some of the words had origins not connected with meat.
The court did not entirely overturn the law, leaving the way open for further legislation and litigation. The decision is in line with the EU's 2020 rejection of a law that would have had similar effect throughout the EU. It did, however, agree that the terms yogurt, cream and cheese must be limited to animal milk products.