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#1 Old 09-20-2014, 01:35 PM
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Is Canada biased against vegan and vegetarian ‘meat’ alternatives?



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A company that makes vegan-friendly, meat-free products like “meatloaf” and Italian “sausages” says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) regulations show “fundamental bias” against plant-based meat substitutes.

Field Roast, based in Seattle, was recently forced to cease distribution in Canada after the CFIA determined their products did not meet Canadian labelling standards. According to a blog post on Field Roast’s website, the CFIA wants the company to label their products as “simulated meat,” but even then they’d have to satisfy Canadian requirements for that designation.

The company’s product line includes loafs, sausages and deli slices designed to look like familiar meat products but made only with plant-based ingredients. Products are labelled “vegetarian grain meat” rather than “simulated meat,” which the CFIA does not find to be adequate.

The government requires simulated meat products to attain a specific Protein Efficiency Ratio — a calculation that looks at both the quantity and quality of protein in a product. To make that calculation, the CFIA assigns different values to different protein sources, whether they be beef or tofu. The problem is, the CFIA doesn’t have a value calculated for Field Roast’s main protein source: wheat gluten.
Read the rest here: http://o.canada.com/life/food-drink/...es-field-roast

This is so disappointing! I love Field Roast, I hope the Canadian government gets their heads out of their asses soon.

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Well that's nutty. You can drive right over the bleeder here to Bellingham, we have abundant supplies of Field Roast.

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Well that's nutty. You can drive right over the bleeder here to Bellingham, we have abundant supplies of Field Roast.
Yeah, and smuggle it back into Canada under your trench coat.

"Hey, buddy... Wanna buy a roast?"

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Yeah, and smuggle it back into Canada under your trench coat.

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Haha, that's a good way to earn some extra money. I'll be a black market Field Roast dealer.
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Haha, that's a good way to earn some extra money. I'll be a black market Field Roast dealer.
Yeah, just on the side, between movies/shows.

I wonder what the Canadian penalty is for smuggling a Field Roast? They make you eat a hot dog?

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Yeah, just on the side, between movies/shows.

I wonder what the Canadian penalty is for smuggling a Field Roast? They make you eat a hot dog?

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I hope not!

I get paid this week and I am definitely stocking my freezer full of Field Roast products while I still can. Hopefully this is just a temporary setback and they'll work something out soon.

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Wow I used to think Canada's government was spot on with a bunch of things (not gun rights though). However, I guess they are just as stupid as America when it comes to making laws.


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Here's another article on this issue, I'm most upset about Canada's stance on animal testing: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...mals-1.2781491

Seriously, WTF? I'm kind of ashamed of my country right now...

I did stock up on sausages though, and I'm going to keep hoarding more until they run out.
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That is just too stupid for words....

Hoard away, Natalie!

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