FDA vs USDA? Federal agencies ready for a turf war, but may partner to regulate lab-grown meat

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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said [on July 17th] that the agency is working closely with USDA on early efforts to establish a regulatory framework for lab-grown meat, or “cell-cultured foods,” the FDA’s preferred name for it.

The budding technology involves replicating animal cells to create foods like burgers and seafood. It has set up a turf battle between the FDA and USDA because both have authority over food safety rules.

“We’re working closely with USDA to try to understand what, if any, jurisdictional lines there are to know what role [the department] would play potentially in this as well,” Gottlieb said. “But it’s very clear to us that a lot of the scientific aspects of this is what [FDA] is going to be looking at, and certainly things like fish would fall squarely within our domain.”

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Gottlieb said there may be collaborative efforts with USDA on meat and poultry, but a lot of the cell-cultured products will likely be outside that sector.

Read full, original article: Gottlieb: FDA working closely with USDA on jurisdiction over ‘cell-cultured foods’

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