Clements: The Department of Agriculture along with the Food and Drug Administration propose a joint regulation for the oversight of cell-cultured meats. Scott Bennett, director of congressional relations at the American Farm Bureau Federation, explains.
Bennett: FDA is going to oversee the beginning stages of the production of these cell-based proteins, in fact they will oversee the cell collection, cell banks, cell growth and differentiation, and then the baton is going to be passed over to USDA where they’ll oversee the production and then the labeling of the final product.
Clements: Bennett says the joint regulation proposal is a step in the right direction.
Bennett: We’re glad that both FDA and USDA are moving forward with a game plan. However, we will be monitoring this very closely and I’m sure it will be of discussion come January at our annual meeting in New Orleans.
Clements: The deadline to submit comments to USDA and FDA is December 26, 2018. Bennett encourages the public to send comments through the Federal Register.
Bennett: It’s important that anyone who consumes meat comment because these comments will be taken a look at by FDA and USDA. And from what they glean from those comments will determine how the regulatory protocol is established as we move forward with this technology.
Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.