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Peanut Butter has a recognised meaning in the mind of consumers. No reasonable person would be confused.
Trivia. It depends on how old you are and which state you grew up in. It is not about confusion, more about common usage or tradition.
The states of Qld, WA and SA made a legislative stand nearly 100 years ago to restrict the use of the description of butter exclusively to churned dairy based product.
The States of NSW, Vic, and Tas along the way decided a free for all was ok. Except for margarine which had to remain white.
Sanatarium Australia supposedly introduced the product with a ‘Peanut Butter’ label. Most likely an important product of NSW or Vic.
Reasonable might also suggest that what ever the states of NSW and Vic agree to the rest of Australia has to follow.
The wonderful efforts of Food Standards Australia aside (thanks @phb), there is little reasonably consistent in our use of English Language. The creativity of marketing in redefining meanings is centuries old. Today it is a fine art where whole new words are even invented that typically have no meaning, but sound important.
Hopefully the buttery plant based spread (aka margarine) revolution is not a sign of the times. Will future consumers need to carry a copy of FSA with them to decipher exactly what a product is supposed to be based on it’s product name?
The USA has a different version of the product history.
While all this is Trivia, how easy it is for traditional differences to be erased in the modern world.
What did you carry your books to school in; a bag, a case, or a port?