New Mississippi Law Targets Plant-Based Meat Providers

Mississippi is the latest state to enact laws limiting what foods may be labeled as “meat.” Senate Bill 2922, codified in Mississippi Code Section 75-35-15 makes it a misdemeanor to label a product “meat” unless it is “the carcasses or parts thereof, of cattle, sheep, goats, other ruminants.” This law is aimed at plant-based or lab-grown meat providers who label their products as “veggie burger,” “vegan burger,” or “meatless meatballs.” Similar laws in Arkansas and Missouri have been challenged as violations of free speech and due process rights. Learn more about these lawsuits and how their outcome could affect the food and livestock industries here.