… United States Cattlemen's Association... the terms 'beef' and 'meat' should be retained exclusively for products derived from the flesh of a [bovine] animal, harvested in the traditional manner...
USDA Seeks Comments on the Labeling of Cell-Cultured Foods
Source: The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA)
Sep 3, 2021
(WASHINGTON) – On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit comments and information regarding the labeling of meat and poultry products made using cultured cells derived from animals under FSIS jurisdiction. Comments will be due 90 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.
The ANPR is requesting comment on specific topics to be considered during rulemaking related to statutory and regulatory requirements for the labeling of these meat and poultry products: consumer expectations about the labeling of these products, especially in light of the nutritional composition and organoleptic qualities (taste, color, odor, or texture) of the products; names for these products that would be neither false nor misleading; economic data; and any consumer research related to labeling nomenclature for products made using animal cell culture technology.
The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) welcomes today's announcement as an important step towards establishing a truthful and transparent labeling and regulatory framework for cell-cultured foods. As outlined in our 2018 petition for rulemaking submitted to USDA FSIS, the terms 'beef' and 'meat' should be retained exclusively for products derived from the flesh of a [bovine] animal, harvested in the traditional manner. USCA will be providing additional input and feedback to the above topics in our written response.