Ag in brief: New bills and laws address fake meat, biofuels
May 24, 2022 by Manure Manager
Kansas to require clear labeling on fake meat
The rise of plant-based meat alternatives from companies such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods has been on the radar of producers for many years, with some groups . Now, the Kansas government has signed into law House Substitute for SB 261, known as the “fake meat labeling bill.” The bill has been passed by the House and Senate and is supported by the Kansas Livestock Association.
Beginning July 1, all alternative meat products that use meat terms must also include a disclaimer such as “vegetarian,” vegan,” meatless,” “meat-free” or “plant-based” in close proximity to the meat term, otherwise the product will be considered misbranded.
Biofuels Bill becomes law in Iowa
Governor Kim Reynolds has signed HF2128, the Biofuels Bill, into law. The bill requires fuel retails to offer E15 to customers beginning in 2026. If a gas station has more than one pump, half of the pumps must have E15. The bill also includes incentives for stations selling B-20 biodiesel. The bill was supported by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, and by the Iowa Corn Growers Association, with both stating that this could help mitigate rising gas prices and provide opportunities for farmers.