In DepthBiotechnology Regulation

U.S. lawmakers float plan to regulate cultured meat

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Science  18 May 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6390, pp. 695
DOI: 10.1126/science.360.6390.695

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A new wave of burgers and nuggets made of meat grown from cultured animal cells is heading for grocery store shelves and restaurant menus in coming years. But these products of so-called cellular agriculture present a regulatory conundrum: Who should monitor the safety of food that comes from a culture medium, not a field? Last week, lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives offered one answer, adding language to a draft spending bill that would put the Department of Agriculture in charge of overseeing the manufacture and labeling of cultured meat. But some lawmakers and industry groups argue that the move could result in unnecessary new rules, and say the language was drafted with little input from food specialists or affected companies.