Lawsuit targets new Missouri law handling meat substitutes

A coalition of companies that make meat substitutes and groups that support them have filed a lawsuit challenging a new Missouri law that they say favors the state’s meat producers and discriminates against out-of-state manufacturers.

The law, which took effect Tuesday, prohibits products that aren’t derived from actual animals from being marketed as meat.

Products the law affects include plant-based meat substitutes like Tofurky and soybean burgers. It also affects so-called “clean meats,” which are grown in labs from animal cells.

Lawmakers approved the bill in May, and former Gov. Eric Greitens later signed it. In arguing for its passage, some supporters cited the measure’s benefit to meat producers in the state.

Opponents of the law say it shields those producers from fair competition, and that it violates the First Amendment rights of companies that make meat substitutes.

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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