U.S. Cattlemen Fight to Define ‘Meat’
The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association filed a petition earlier this month with the U.S. Department of Agriculture asking for a differentiation between conventional meat and “culture” meat also know as lab-grown or clean meat. The petition asks that “meat” and “beef” be defined as coming from animals raised and harvested.
The association goes on to argue that labeling lab-grown products as meat would be confusing to consumers.
“[The government] should require that any product labeled as ‘beef’ come from cattle that have been born, raised, and harvested in the traditional manner, rather than coming from alternative sources such as a synthetic product from plant, insects, or other non-animal components and any product grown in labs from animal cells,” the USCA writes.
The move to file the petition indicates that the association is prepared to fight a position that had been batted around the larger food industry, and comes after some major players, such as Tyson Foods and Cargill, have made investments in clean meat startups.
Neither the National Pork Producers nor the National Chicken Council have given a formal position on the matter.