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Relating to marketing and labeling requirements for certain food products, including imitation meat and egg food products.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 1145 would prohibit a person from labeling a food product with a depiction of a livestock animal if the product does not contain products derived from a livestock animal, unless the label contains various words designating it does not contain livestock products. The Texas Department of Agriculture would be in charge of enforcing proper use of standards of identity on food products.
Texas Action opposes SB 1145 because it would infringe on free markets and expand the regulatory authority of the state. Consumers should be able to choose what labeling standards they value through voluntary choices in the market. SB 1145 would replace consumer choice with government standards and limit the freedom of meatless and eggless brands to market their products as they see fit. Texas consumers are certainly intelligent enough to figure out whether a product is or is not a livestock-derived product regardless of what is depicted on the label.