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California Passes Law Guaranteeing Plant-Based Meals For Hospital Patients


Hospital patients and prison inmates in California are about to gain better access to vegan meals. On September 18, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law requiring public institutions that “provide food to ‘captive audiences’” to make plant-based foods available to everyone in their care — and as the law underlines, “plant-based” means absolutely no animal products or byproducts.

Under the provisions of SB 1138, these meals must be devoid of meat, poultry, fish, dairy, and eggs. The law applies to all kinds of licensed health care facilities, ranging from psychiatric and general care hospitals to nursing centers, as well as state jails.