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FDA Announces Comment Period Extension Meeting On “A New Era of Smarter Food Safety”

The FDA has extended its comment period related to the public meeting held in October regarding the use of new and emerging technologies and upcoming innovation in the agricultural and other fields. One question on which the agency is requesting feedback relates to the safety of foods produced through new business models. Written comments will now be accepted until December 5, 2019.

“Real MEAT” Bill Companion Introduced in Senate

A Senate companion to the House Real MEAT (Marketing Edible Artificials Truthfully) Act has been introduced in the Senate by Republican Deb Fischer. The bills propose to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require that any “imitation meat food product, beef, or beef product” both be labeled with the word “imitation” immediately before or after the name of the food in uniform size and prominence and include a “statement that clearly indicates the product is not derived from or does not contain meat.”

Vermont Proposes Meat Labeling Law

Vermont Senate Bill 206 would deem any meat or meat food product misbranded if the product was not “derived from or harvested from a carcass of cattle, bison, sheep, swine, domestic rabbits, or goats or from a poultry carcass.” The bill also prohibits selling or distributing any product labeled as meat, a meat product, poultry, or a poultry product unless that product contains “the part of the muscle of any cattle, bison, sheep, swine, goats, horses, mules, or other equines that is skeletal or that is found in the tongue, in the diaphragm, in the heart, or in the esophagus, with or without the accompanying and overlying fat, and the portions of bone, skin, sinew, nerve, blood vessels that normally accompany the muscle tissue and that does not include the muscle found in the lips, snout, or ears” or the carcass of “any domesticated bird.” Conviction for violations of this law could result in two years of imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, or both, and it would leave the offender open to civil liability of $10,000 for each product in violation of the law.

Vermont Proposes Milk Labeling Law

Vermont Senate Bill 207 proposes to criminalize selling or distributing a food product labeled as “milk” or as a “dairy product” that is not or is not derived from “the pure lacteal secretion” of a cow or other livestock, unless that product conforms to a standard of identity adopted by the Food and Drug Administration. An offense would be punishable by two years of imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, or both, and it would leave the offender open to civil liability of $10,000 for each product in violation of the law.

Article Explores Chinese Market of Meat Substitutes

A new piece in the New York Times asks whether the Chinese market will accept meat substitutes, such as products produced by Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods.

Article Examines Outlook of Cell Cultured Meat

A new review of the possibilities of cell cultured meat encourages integration of multidisciplinary research, including synthetic biology and bioreactor engineering.

Maryland Introduces Meat Labeling Bill

Maryland Senate Bill 188 proposes to declare a food that contains animal tissue cultivated outside the animal from which the culture is derived, is made from plants, or is made from insects to be misbranded if it is labeled as “meat” or a “meat product.”

New Study on Acceptance of Cultivated Meat

A new study from the Netherlands examines consumers’ willingness to accept cultivated meat as a substitute for slaughtered meat. Over half of the participants said they would purchase the cultivated meat at a higher price than non-cultured meat.

New Report on Labeling of Plant-Based Foods

A new report from the World Resources Institute analyzes the kind of language to use and to avoid in order to make plant-based foods appealing to more consumers.

Incentives and Disincentives to Decrease Meat Consumption

An article in the journal Appetite explores Australian consumer attitudes and goals regarding meat consumption.