Labeling of cell-based meat on front burner

USDA seeks comments on labeling of meat and poultry products made using cultured cells derived from animals.


Jacqui Fatka, BEEF Magazine 

Sep 03, 2021


Lab meat grown from animal cells is becoming popular with each passing day, with dozens of companies making rapid strides to push the cultured meat revolution forward. According to new research, 59% of Americans have heard about lab meat. As part of the government’s oversight of the new products derived using cultured cells obtained from animals under USDA jurisdiction as they enter the marketplace, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to solicit comments and information regarding the labeling of meat and poultry products.


FSIS will use these comments to inform future regulatory requirements for the labeling of such food products.


“This ANPR is an important step forward in ensuring the appropriate labeling of meat and poultry products made using animal cell culture technology,” says USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Sandra Eskin. “We want to hear from stakeholders and will consider their comments as we work on a proposed regulation for labeling these products.”


On March 7, 2019, USDA and FDA announced a formal agreement to jointly oversee the production of human food products made using animal cell culture technology and derived from the cells of livestock and poultry to ensure that such products brought to market are safe, unadulterated and truthfully labeled. Under the agreement, FDA will oversee cell collection, growth and differentiation of cells. FDA will transfer oversight at the cell harvest stage to FSIS. FSIS will then oversee the cell harvest, processing, packaging and labeling of products.


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