Regulation Framework in Place to Regulate Cell-Grown Meat

Two separate government agencies will come together to regulate the new market of lab-grown meat with the Food and Drug Administration and the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service will share regulation of the products.

The products will have to be approved by both agencies before they’ll be allowed in stores. Under the new regulatory agreement, the FDA oversees cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth. FSIS will step in after that to oversee food production and how it’s labeled.

The Trump Administration held several meetings to talk about how the emerging market and its products should be regulated as they don’t fit neatly under the jurisdiction of either agency. In a statement from the FDA, the agency says, “Collaboration between the USDA and FDA will allow us to draw upon the unique expertise of each agency in addressing the many technical and regulatory considerations that arise with the development of animal-cell cultured food products for human consumption.”

The traditional meat industry was concerned about the impact the new products would have on their industry and lobbied the Trump Administration to have the cultured foods be regulated by both agencies.