Turkey Bans Production and Sale of Vegan Cheese

Turkey has decided to ban the production and sale of dairy-free cheese entirely across the country.

Vegan cheese producers and consumers in Turkey are facing a government ban on sales and production following an unprecedented law by the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. 

According to the Vegan Association of Turkey, article 9/3 added to the Turkish Food Codex Regulation writes that: “Products that give the impression of cheese cannot be produced using vegetable oil or other food ingredients.” 

The pretense behind the ban is “to prevent adulteration”, but any product that is considered to resemble conventional cheese, but does not even contain the word cheese in its name or marketing, can be sanctioned.

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