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‘Meat me in Italy’: The Italian Ban on Meat-Sounding Names and Cell-Cultured Meat

Francesco Planchenstainer

In November 2023, the Italian Parliament approved a law banning cell-cultured meat and the use of meat-sounding names for alternative protein products. The law aims to protect the national culinary heritage and echoes similar provisions in French Décret n° 2022-947, which banned the use of certain meat names for non-animal products. The Italian law goes further than its French counterpart by introducing a blanket ban on meat derived from cell cultures.

Francesco Planchenstainer is lecturer at the University of Trento. For correspondence: <>. The views expressed in this article belong solely to the author and do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of any affiliated organisations.


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