Definitions of vegetarian and vegan (Spain)

There are no specific legal regulations for vegan and vegetarian foods in Spain or the European Union either. How-ever, some future changes might be expected: certainly Regulation EU 1169/2011 foresees in its article 36.2 a future implementation of a regulation applying to vegetarian and vegan products (as well as it did the Commission Deci-sion 2018/1701 on the proposed citizens' initiative entitled ‘Mandatory food labelling Non-Vegetarian/Vegetarian”). However, it must be pointed out that Spanish Food Code (in despite its oldness) is still in force. Therefore, expres-sions as “veggie hamburger” are not permitted since “hamburger” is reserved to meat products.

This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 30 May 2024. We recommend you contact a specialised food lawyer for legal advice for your particular circumstances to support commercial decisions which could impact your product or business.

Silvia Bañares Vilella