U.S. government departments to regulate cell-cultured food from livestock and poultry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have announced a formal agreement to oversee the production of food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry.

They released a formal agreement to address the regulatory oversight of human food produced using this method.

The agreement describes the roles and responsibilities for both agencies and how they will collaborate to regulate the development and entry of these products into the market place.

They also want to make sure that products are "accurately labelled'.

USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Mindy Brashears said:

“Consumers trust the USDA mark of inspection to ensure safe, wholesome and accurately labeled products,"
"We look forward to continued collaboration with FDA and our stakeholders to safely regulate these new products and ensure parity in labeling.”

Frank Yiannas, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response added:

“We recognize that our stakeholders want clarity on how we will move forward with a regulatory regime to ensure the safety and proper labeling of these cell-cultured human food products while continuing to encourage innovation,”
“Collaboration between USDA and FDA will allow us to draw upon the unique expertise of each agency in addressing the many important technical and regulatory considerations that can arise with the development of animal cell-cultured food products for human consumption.”

Under the agreement, the FDA will oversee cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth and differentiation.

While the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service will oversee the production and labeling of human food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry.

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