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Meat Institute, Memphis Meats Tell White House Both FDA and USDA have Roles in Regulating Cell-based Meat and Poultry Products.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) and Memphis Meats today co-signed a letter to President Donald Trump asking the Administration to clarify the regulatory framework for cell-based meat and poultry products.

In the letter, Meat Institute President and CEO Barry Carpenter and Memphis Meats Co-founder and CEO Uma Valeti, MD, FACC, said that FDA should have oversight of pre-market safety evaluations for cell-based meat and poultry products. Once safety is established, they said USDA should regulate cell-based meat and poultry products, as it does with all other meat and poultry products.

“Such a regulatory framework is not new and plays into the strengths and experience of FDA and USDA,” Carpenter and Valeti wrote. “We respectfully request a combined meeting between the White House, USDA, FDA and both conventional and cell-based meat and poultry industry stakeholders.”

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