The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association applauded the joint regulatory effort on cell-cultured products announced last week. The organization says the announcement by the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration follows suggestions from its membership.
FDA will oversee cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth and differentiation. A transition from FDA to USDA oversight will occur during the cell harvest stage. USDA will then oversee the production and labeling of food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry. USCA says it has “repeatedly stated that interagency collaboration is key” for this regulation.
As the process moves forward, USCA says rulemaking to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service on the definitions of ‘beef’ and ‘meat’ must be addressed. USCA says labeling must be truthful and transparent for consumers.