Should lab-grown beef be labeled ‘meat’? USDA denies cattle lobby petition to limit definition to animal sources


by Anne Nesathurai, Genetic Literacy Project

October 8, 2021


USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has responded to petition sponsors with differing opinions about how lab-grown “meat” and “beef” should be labeled.


The FSIS Office of Policy and Program Development has denied the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association’s petition asking the agency to “limit the definition of “meat” and “beef” to products derived from animals “born, raised, and harvested in the traditional manner.”




“This action would, as the petition notes, effectively prohibit the labels of products made using animal cell culture technology (hereafter, cultured products) or derived from non-animal sources, such as plant-based products, from displaying the term “meat” or “beef.”



Harvard Animal Law requested that FSIS adopt a labeling approach for ”cell-based” meat and poultry products. “Specifically, it requests that FSIS...


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