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Public overwhelmingly favors term ‘lab-grown’ over ‘clean’ meat

Consumer Reports, published by the 7 million-member nonprofit Consumers Union, last week reported on survey results showing the public expects laboratory-produced meat from cultured animal cells to be clearly labeled. The results show the public favors different language that those pushing the new products. “By an overwhelming margin, our survey found that consumers want clear… Continue Reading

Clean meat staking its claim amid regulatory uncertainty

Opinion

As the world’s population balloons, agriculture and science have converged to create sustainable, innovative solutions to food production. The fruits of this “Ag Tech” evolution includes groundbreaking technology that has fomented the production of “clean meat” via cellular agriculture as a viable alternative to conventional animal agriculture.  Given the novelty of how clean meat is… Continue Reading

FSIS extends comment period on labeling for ‘lab’ meat

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services is extending the comment period for a petition submitted by the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) requesting that FSIS exclude so-called lab meat from the definitions of “beef” and “meat.” “USCA has learned that some major U.S. meatpackers and companies in other countries are heavily investing in creating alternative… Continue Reading

Big meat says people have a right to know if meat isn’t meat

If you’ve ever gotten in trouble for coming home with almond milk instead of cow milk, and if you favor labeling food containing GMOs because of your right to know, you are going to love Missouri House Bill 2607. It would set labeling rules to prevent anyone from slipping lab-created material or plant substances into… Continue Reading

U.S. representative wants review of lab meat, cell-cultured food

Opinion

Editor’s note: U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, sent the below letter regarding so-called lab meat and other cell-cultured foods to Gene Dodaro, comptroller general of the United States, on March 28. Dear Mr. Dodaro: I am writing to request that GAO investigate what regulatory framework, if any, exists for cell-cultured food products and how this framework… Continue Reading

Angling in the lab: Fish fry without the hook, line or sinker

There’s an art to catching a fish, as many an avid angler will tell you. But for biochemist Mike Selden, CEO of Finless Foods, it takes some serious science to grow one. Serious science such as extracting a sample about the size of a quarter from a living fish, putting it into a bioreactor filled… Continue Reading

Lab-made meat, poultry get big funding boost from big food

It’s the future of meat and poultry — or at least part of the future. That’s what some investors, among them global agricultural heavyweight Cargill Inc., are saying about meat grown in labs from cells taken from animals without slaughtering them. On Aug. 22, Memphis Meats Inc. in the Bay Area of California, which so far has produced beef, chicken… Continue Reading

Clean, safe, humane — producers say lab meat is a triple win

“The meatball that changed the world.” That was the enthusiastic prediction early last year from Uma Valeti, a cardiologist and now CEO of Memphis Meats, as he admired the freshly cooked meatball arranged gourmet-style on a plate. As a meatball, it definitely had a lot going for it. It was made by specialty chef Dave… Continue Reading