Branschorganisation FoodDrinkEurope och den europeiska konsumentorganisationen för vegetarianer (EVU) har kommit överens om en definition av ”vegetarisk” som innebär att ingredienser från levande djur får ingå i vegetariska livsmedel. Den gemensamma definitionen klargör därmed skillnaden mellan ”vegetarisk” och ”vegansk”.
Här följer ett utdrag ur det gemensamma dokumentet:
”The European food and drink industry, as represented by FoodDrinkEurope, and the European vegan and vegetarian movement, as represented by its umbrella organisation European Vegetarian Union (EVU), are jointly proposing a wording which meets the requirements of consumers interested in vegan and vegetarian products as well as those of manufacturers of such foods.
The wording is sufficiently narrow so that the terms “food suitable for vegans” and “food suitable for vegetarians” retain their meaning and, hence, guide interested consumers in their food purchase decisions. At the same time, it is sufficiently pragmatic and realistic so that the range of products to be labelled “food suitable for vegans” and “food suitable for vegetarians” is not unnecessarily restricted. This would artificially complicate plant-based lifestyles and impose pointless obstacles on food manufacturers.”