USDA and FDA have formally agreed to address the regulatory oversight of meat proteins produced by cell-cultured lines of livestock and poultry. Both federal agencies held a joint public meeting on the use of cell culture technology and discussed the technology, its theory, application and issues. Videos of the meetings were recently posted on the UDSA website.
The formal joint agreement, which addresses the regulatory oversight of human food produced using this technology, describes the oversight roles and responsibilities for both agencies and how the agencies will collaborate to regulate the development and entry of these products into commerce. This shared regulatory approach will help to ensure that cell-cultured products derived from the cell lines of livestock and poultry are produced safely and are accurately labeled.