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USDA Holding Off on Cultivated Meat Labeling Regulations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service has put the regulatory labeling of cultivated meat on its list of long-term actions signaling that there may not be any action in the next year. Last year the USDA put out an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on how to label meat that is made from cells that are grown outside of an animal. The ANPR collected over 1,300 comments from cultivated meat companies, plant-based associations, animal welfare organizations, meat production facilities, and other stakeholders.


Many countries have taken steps recently towards regulatory approval of the cultivated meat including Japan, the UK, Israel, the Netherlands, and China. Cultivated meat already has regulatory approval in Singapore.



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