Fake Meat Hearing
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is deciding whether or not lab-cultured tissue should be labeled as meat.
The NCBA's Danielle Beck explains a hearing was held recently in Washington DC on the issue.
Share your thoughts with the USDA. The USDA and the FDA are hosting the comment period to discuss the potential hazards, oversight considerations and labeling of fake meat now until November 26.
Many do not support labeling foods produced using animal cell culture technology as meat.
Eric Sumption, a Frederick cattle producer who traveled to D.C. to testify on behalf of his family's cow/calf and feedlot operation.
"I believe it is wrong to label lab-cultured tissue as meat, because I understand the investment of time and labor that goes into raising cattle. My family and I raise beef cattle from birth through the feedlot. We care for them each and every day until we sell them to be harvested," Sumption explains. "The term meat is our brand, applied to a product that livestock producers, like me, my father, grandfather and great-grandfather worked for generations to perfect."