The Food and Drug Administration is seeking input on the labeling of food containing cultured seafood cells. The agency is accepting comments until March 8, 2021.
FDA Seeks Input on Cultured Seafood Products
GFI and ALDF Challenge Louisiana Labeling Law
The Good Food Institute and the Animal Legal Defense Fund have filed suit under the First Amendment challenging a Louisiana law that imposes fines for alternative protein products labels with terms usually associated with meat, such as “burger” or “sausage.”
The Role of Science in Cultured Meat and Public Perceptions
An article published Trends in Food Science & Technology explores the role scientists may play in helping public understanding and perception of cultured meat products.
Georgia Governor Signs Bill Restricting Labeling of Alternative Proteins
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has signed into law a bill that makes it unlawful to label any cultured meat product “as meat or any product from an animal” without distinct identification as “lab-grown,” “lab-created,” or “grown in a lab.” The law also requires similar labeling for plant-based products.
Psychological Research into the “Meat Paradox”
A new article published in Personality and Individual Differences explores the “meat paradox”—the phenomenon that people with higher levels of empathy for animals do not necessarily reduce their meat consumption—and proposes moral disengagement as a possible explanation.
Article Examines Commercial Side of Cultivated Meat
A new article in Trends in Biotechnology examines the industry side of cultivated meat products, including funding and commercialization challenges.
Consumers Willing to Pay More for High Animal Welfare Labeling
A study conducted by researchers in Sweden reports to have found that consumers are willing to pay a premium price for meat products that include a label assuring the highest available standards of animal welfare and healthfulness. The published paper is not yet available.
Texas Considers Bill to Restrict Labeling and Advertisement of the Term “Meat”
Texas Senate Bill 2035 proposes to restrict the use of the terms meat, beef, chicken, and pork on advertising and labeling of food products to food products made out of a “formerly live” animal. The bill would also ban advertisements and labeling of “imitation” meat products that include comparisons of the product’s nutritional value to slaughtered animal products.
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.
Soy Protein as Scaffolding for Cultivated Agricultural Products
An article published in Nature Food explores the possibility of using a soy-based product as scaffolding in cultivated meat products.