Nursing homes and other healthcare facilities in California may be required to offer residents vegan meal options under a new state law.
The Golden State could be the first to make that requirement, after the State Assembly last week passed SB-1138 in a 69-9 vote. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) had not said as of Friday whether he plans to sign the measure.
Under the new law, licensed skilled nursing facilities, acute care hospitals and other provider types would be required to make available “wholesome, plant-based meals of such variety as to meet the needs of patients in accordance with their physician orders.” Per the law's definition, that means the meals contain no animal products or byproducts, including meat, poultry, fish, dairy or eggs.
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