Arizona Introduces Bills to Ban Cultivated Meat and Regulate Meat Alternative Labeling

Two bills introduced in Arizona aim to ban cultivated meat and restrict labeling of meat alternatives. The first, Arizona House Bill 2121, introduced by Representative David Marshall, aims to outlaw the sale or production of cultivated animal products and allows affected businesses to sue producers for up to $100,000. The second, Arizona House Bill 2244, presented by Representative Quang Nguyen, seeks to restrict the representation and labeling of meat alternatives, preventing the “intentional misrepresentation” of products not derived from livestock. The bill covers laboratory-produced items from animal cells and synthetic products from plants, insects, or other sources. These legislative moves highlight ongoing debates surrounding the regulation and labeling of emerging cultivated and plant-based meat products.