A bill has recently been signed into law in Oklahoma that will prohibit deceptive or misleading labeling of meat products, and in essence prevents cell cultured or plant based products from using meat terms.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will both be involved in regulatory oversight of cell-culture food originating from livestock and poultry, also known as "fake meat."
Missouri might be the first state to enact legislation that requires labeling of plant-based and lab-grown meat to be clear when compared to meat from livestock. But why and how did this legislative effort begin?
Lab-grown meat startups that rely on animal cells to produce beef, poultry and seafood products have caught the eye of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has begun the process of regulating the industry.
Livestock groups representing the majority of pork producers and cattle ranchers are very pleased with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue’s decision to not move forward with the GIPSA rules. Read their comments here.