Who will regulate lab-grown meat, other products of ‘cellular agriculture’?

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[T]he test tube burger. . . has helped put a spotlight on the question of how the U.S. government will regulate the emerging field of cellular agriculture, which uses biotechnology instead of animals to make products such as meat, milk, and egg whites.

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Historically, the USDA regulates meat, poultry, and eggs, whereas the FDA oversees safety . . . for food additives. . . .But emerging biotechnologies may blur those lines of oversight, because some of the new foods don’t fit neatly into existing regulatory definitions. “Cellular culture raises a lot of questions,” says Isha Datar, CEO of New Harvest. . .

To help provide answers, the White House . . .launched an initiative to . . . overhaul how U.S. agencies regulate agricultural biotechnology. And the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C., is working on a broader study of future biotechnology developments and regulation. . .

In the meantime, industry leaders are thinking about how their potential lab-based foods might be handled by regulators. One approach. . . is to show that their product is similar to an existing product . . . shown to pose no hazards. . . .

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: As lab-grown meat and milk inch closer to U.S. market, industry wonders who will regulate?

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