NCBA SUPPORTS USDA REGULATION OF IMITATION MEAT PRODUCTS

     Congress has included language in the fiscal year 2019 ag appropriations bill that directs the U.S. secretary of agriculture to oversee lab-grown fake meat and issue regulations to ensure the product is safe and accurately labeled. NCBA supports USDA regulation of fake meat as opposed to placing it under Food and Drug Administration jurisdiction.
     NCBA is advocating USDA oversight because the Food Safety and Inspection Service is best-suited to ensure imitation meat is safe for consumers. Also, the USDA label approval process is based on sound science and requires companies to secure labeling approval before products are sold to the public. According to NCBA, the USDA process can proactively guard against false or misleading labels like “clean meat.”

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