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USDA, FDA To Jointly Regulate Cultured Meat Products

March 21, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Federal agencies USDA and FDA will share regulatory oversight duties for culture meat production to ensure food safety and correct labeling practices. The FDA will oversee cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth and differentiation. During the harvest stage, regulation will shift to the USDA’s FSIS, which will oversee the production and labeling of human food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry. The USDA said consumers trust the USDA mark of inspection to ensure safe, wholesome and accurately labeled products. The U.S. Cattlemen s Association (USCA) said it was encouraged by the joint regulatory oversight of cell-based meats, and pleased that FSIS will have pre-market labeling authority. The association, however, reiterated its stance that the term meat, and more specifically beef, refers to products derived exclusively from the flesh of a bovine animal harvested in the traditional manner. [Image Credit: © Pexels from Pixabay]
Ashley Williams , "USDA and FDA agree joint regulatory oversight of cultured meat", GlobalMeatNews.com, March 21, 2019, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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