Advert pulled following AHDB complaint

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

The Meatless Farm Company has withdrawn its adverts following a complaint made by AHDB to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

The adverts, which ran across social media during October, claimed going plant-based boosted nurse Anne’s energy and mental and physical health, and made firefighter Jur, mentally and physically stronger.

AHDB filed the complaint to the ASA as the adverts did not comply with advertising codes, specifically good health claims must be supported by authorised health claims or made by a national medical or nutrition body, or health charity.

After reviewing, the ASA agreed the adverts broke their advertising rules and requested Meatless Farm to no longer use the adverts and remove any still in use.

The complaint forms part of a whole body of work carried out by AHDB to challenge misinformation, provide UK specific evidence to the media and beyond, and to ensure a level playing field within advertising.

Earlier this year, AHDB contacted Oatly following its highly publicised ‘Help Dad’ campaign to highlight inaccuracies in its claim “global livestock emit more GHG emissions than all transport combined”. Oatly subsequently corrected the claim.

AHDB’s Head of Media and PR, Phil Maiden explains, “Advertising rules are there to ensure fairness and transparency for consumers, in which AHDB takes an enormous amount of time and effort to ensure compliance. This very much proved invaluable following the 500 complaints made against our own We Eat Balanced TV advert earlier this year.

“This most recent result is excellent for AHDB and our levy payers, who by all accounts really value the work we do in this area. We continually work to challenge misinformation in the media and advertising, as well as working with the media to encourage balanced reporting and the use of UK based facts and data.”

Read more from Phil about AHDB’s work behind the scenes to challenge media misinformation.

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