Maine Lobstermen Skeptical of Proposal to Tie ‘Whale-Safe’ Seafood Label to Use of New Fishing Gear

December 19, 2019 FRED BEVER, Maine Public

A movement is emerging among conservation groups to create a “whale-safe” seal of approval for lobster caught with new types of gear designed to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. But it could be a tough sell in Maine, where some say the iconic fishery is already sustainable.

Judge Blocks Enforcement of Arkansas Law Restricting Labeling of Plant-Based Food

December 18, 2019 Max Brantley, Arkansas Times

Federal Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the 2019 state law aimed at prohibiting the labeling of plant-based foods in any way that suggested they were similar to meat products.

Dairy Groups Applaud Legislation To Crack Down On Dairy, Meat Alternatives In Wisconsin

en. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green, Rep. Travis Tranel, R-Cuba City, and Rep. Loren Oldenburg, R-Viroqua, are circulating three bills that would create strict standards for what products can use meat and dairy terms.

As Plant-Based Meat and Dairy Picks Up Speed, a Labeling Fight Heads to Court

September 9, 2019 Aliza Abarbanel, Yahoo

Plant-based food companies like Just, Impossible Foods, and Beyond Meat have collectively racked up over $1 billion in funding, according to TechCrunch. But now lawmakers, backed by influential meat and dairy industries, are pushing back on the burgeoning industry by controlling the packaging language they’re allowed to use.

Falsely Labeled Seafood Coming to Forefront in North Carolina

A third of the shrimp marked as harvested from North Carolina waters likely was farm raised in a foreign country with fewer laws and oversight, according to a new study by the University of North Carolina.