Oh yes, you read the headline correctly. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CIFA) has forced the popular Field Roast Grain Meat Company to cease distribution of its vegan products in Canada. Why? Because they haven’t been tested on animals.
Well, it’s not that simple. It seems that someone complained to CIFA that the company had failed to comply with a Canadian regulation. Field Roast labels its products “vegetarian grain meat” rather than “simulated meat.”
CIFA thinks these products are in fact simulated meats. If they are, they have to be labeled that way. To ensure an accurate label, the products must comply with certain protein standards before they can be sold to the public. In short, they have to approximate the protein in meat.
Really, CIFA? Why does animal meat protein levels have to be the holy grail protein goal for all food types? Why can’t you trust consumers to choose their own protein sources? Do you think vegans and vegetarians can’t read labels?