In Defence of Animals recently posted an online action demanding ‘Canada change its restrictive anti-“veggie meat” regulation’. The action made me wonder whether the UK or the EU has similar requirements for simulated meat to be tested on animals. Based on a quick search, I could not find the answer so I contacted an animal charity in the hope of finding answer. This is the charity’s reply:
Thank you for your email. With regard to artificial meat, all of the ingredients would be animal tested if they’re either new to the market or existing ingredients which are not considered to have enough data on them already available. We are not sure, however, whether the final ‘simulated meat’ product would also need to be animal tested. The only way the product might avoid animal testing altogether is if all ingredients had sufficient safety data already available, but that is unfortunately unlikely.