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Why Tofurky Has A Beef With Missouri's Meat Labeling Law

Law360 (October 12, 2018, 2:15 PM EDT) -- “I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs,” Missouri congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver told a U.S. Navy banquet in 1899. “[F]rothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me.” This is one of the sayings credited for making Missouri the “Show-Me” state.

Missouri recently became the first state in the union to enact a ban on labeling products as “meat” unless they are “derived from harvested product livestock or poultry.”[1] To some, this was the Missouri General Assembly taking up the “show-me” mantle. The Missouri Cattleman’s Association lauded the...

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