NCBA and other leading animal agriculture organizations sent a letter to President Donald Trump last week urging him to ensure USDA, not the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is the primary regulatory authority over lab-grown meat products. FDA has moved aggressively in recent weeks to assert regulatory jurisdiction over fake meat.
According to NCBA’s legal analysis, current law places simulated meat products within the primary jurisdiction of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. The letter to President Trump suggested if cell-cultured protein companies want the privilege of marketing products as meat and poultry to the American public, they must be subject to the same oversight and rules as those imposed on the meat industry.
NCBA Director of Government Affairs Danielle Beck will address the fake meat regulation issue at two events in Kansas next month. Her first appearance will be at the KLA/Kansas State University Ranch Management Field Day August 16 at Loma Land & Cattle near La Cygne. She’ll follow that up with a presentation August 17 at the Flint Hills Beef Fest Producers Information Seminar in Emporia.