Oklahoma State University Petitions USDA to Reclassify Beef Hide as Edible

The Robert Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center (FAPC) at Oklahoma State University submitted a petition for rulemaking to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service, asking the agency to remove “hides” from the list of items classified as inedible in existing regulations. The FAPC argues that there is a “strong market demand” for consumable beef hide products and is working on a process to develop edible beef hide. The USDA responded, noting that it had referred the petition to the Office of Policy and Program Development as petition 21-03.