The European Union has declared that companies and eateries can retain meat-like names their vegetarian products even though those products contain no meat. The EU debated whether or not a veggie burger is a burger. There was a motion to ban the use names burger, sausage and steak entirely vegetable-based food. Europe's largest farming association argued that these types names were unfair and damaged farmers and companies that produced and made meat products. It said the names promoted "misleading and unfair marketing." A spokesperson said: "We simply call the work millions European farmers and livestock sector workers to be acknowledged and respected."
A member the European Consumer Organization hailed the decision the naming of veggie burgers. Senior food policy officer Camille Perrin called the decision "common sense". She said: "Consumers are no way confused a soy steak or chick pea-based sausage, so long as it is clearly labelled as vegetarian or vegan. Terms "burger" and "steak" plant-based foods help consumers understand how to integrate them their meals." The environmental campaign group Greenpeace said it wondered what livestock farmers found confusing about the use the name veggie burger. It tweeted: "If they're confused the word 'veggie burger,' what do they think a 'hot dog' is?"