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KY sends bill on cultured "meat" labeling to the Governor

Ky Legislature | Posted on March 13, 2019

Amend KRS 217.035 to include any food product that purports to be or is represented as meat or a meat product that contains any cultured animal tissue produced from in vitro animal cell cultures outside of the organism from which it is derived.

New York expands ‘Meatless Mondays’ for school meals

Meating Place (Free registration required) | Posted on March 12, 2019

Schoolchildren in New York City will be dining on all-vegetarian breakfast and lunch meals every Monday, starting with the 2019-2020 school year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week. The move follows a pilot program launched in the spring of 2018 at 15 public schools in Brooklyn and ultimately will affect an estimated 1.1 million students.Mayor de Blasio said that “cutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers’ health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” while announcing the program. The expansion is expected to be cost-neutral to the city budget and school officials are expected to meet with students to collect qualitative feedback before the menu for this fall is finalized.

25 percent of consumers say no to meaty names for vegetarian items

Meating Place (Free registration required) | Posted on March 12, 2019

In a survey of nearly 1,000 U.K. and U.S. consumers, one in four indicate that vegetarian products should not be allowed to have meat-related names like burger, sausage or steak. The survey, commissioned by public relations agency Ingredient Communications, polled  vegetarians, vegans, pescatarians and meat-eaters to explore attitudes to the way meat-free products are named.The survey also found that 18 percent of vegetarians, 33 percent of vegans and 26 percent of meat-eaters would support a ban on labeling vegetarian products with meat-related names. 

Bill defining meat in North Dakota goes to the governor

Grand Forks Herald | Posted on March 11, 2019

The North Dakota Legislature wants to make sure that when consumers buy meat, they know they’re buying “the edible flesh of an animal born and harvested for the purpose of human consumption,” and not something developed in a lab.The Senate on March 4 also passed a companion to the bill, House Concurrent Resolution 3024, which urges Congress to take similar actions to differentiate meat from lab-produced, meat-like products.

SD passes bill in support of truthful meat labeling

Tri State Livestock News | Posted on March 11, 2019

South Dakota State Legislature passed Senate Bill 68 which bill prohibits labeling cell-cultured protein as meat in South Dakota.

FDA allows sale of Geneticall Engineered Salmon

FDA | Posted on March 11, 2019

The FDA’s approval of the application related to AquAdvantage Salmon followed a comprehensive analysis of the scientific evidence, which determined that the GE Atlantic salmon met the statutory requirements for safety and effectiveness under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. However, in 2016, Congress directed the FDA not to allow into commerce any food that contains GE salmon until it issued final labeling guidelines for informing consumers of the GE salmon content in the food. The FDA complied with this requirement by implementing an import alert in 2016 that prevented GE salmon from entering the U.S.

USDA, FDA Announce Agreement To Regulate Cell-Cultured Food Products

National Chicken Council | Posted on March 11, 2019

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on announced a formal agreement to jointly oversee the production of human food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry.  “FSIS has the statutory authority, relevant experience, and robust regulatory frameworks to regulate the labeling and safety of these products, and FDA has experience with similar food production technologies and has long played a role in ensuring that ingredients used in meat and poultry products are safe for use in food.”FDA will oversee collection of initial cell lines, maintenance of a cell bank, and oversee proliferation and differentiation of cells through the time of harvest.  At harvest, USDA will determine whether harvested cells are eligible to be processed into meat or poultry products that bear the USDA mark of inspection.  Establishments that are harvesting cells cultured from livestock or poultry are subject to the Federal Meat Inspection Act or the Poultry Products Inspection Act.  USDA will conduct inspections of establishments where cells cultured from livestock and poultry are harvested, processed, packaged, or labeled in accordance with applicable regulations.

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USDA | Posted on March 11, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued today a best practices guideline to help the meat and poultry industry respond to customer complaints that are determined to be associated with adulterated or misbranded meat and poultry products. “FSIS has placed renewed emphasis on industry responding to customer complaints of foreign materials in meat and poultry and, as required, reporting those incidents to the agency within 24 hours once the determination has been made that the product is adulterated,” said FSIS Administrator Carmen Rottenberg. “We will continue to work with industry and offer guidance to assist them in complying with agency regulations.”In 2012, FSIS announced a regulation requiring all establishments to report to the agency within 24 hours when they have shipped or received an adulterated product and that product is in commerce. While this requirement has been in effect for several years, recalls associated with foreign materials in product increased in recent years.

Raw milk: safe or sorry?

WVVA | Posted on March 10, 2019

Raw milk is trending. Even the West Virginia Senate passed a resolution about it. But what does a dairy farmer say? You may not have known the milk you buy in the grocery store is cooked but it is. The process is called pasteurization. Lauren Perkins a fourth generation dairy farmer who works on her family’s dairy farm called Perk Farm Organic Dairy explained the process saying “[The milk is] heated to a temperature that can kill harmful bacteria.” But raw or unpasteurized milk is trending. Senator Dave Sypolt (R- Preston) is the chair of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. He said, “There’s been a motion or a movement in the state for the past five to seven years in order to legalize the sale of raw milk.” Right now herd sharing is allowed in West Virginia, but the sale of raw milk is illegal. Dairy farmers say raw milk can contain harmful bacteria like e coli, salmonella, listeria.

Beyond Meat® Unveils Newest Product Innovation, Beyond Beef

Business Wire | Posted on March 7, 2019

Beyond Beef offers the juicy taste and texture of ground beef but with 25% less saturated fat than beef. Created to deliver on the culinary flexibility of ground beef, Beyond Beef is perfect for tacos, meatballs, sliders, empanadas and more.Beyond Meat’s latest innovation contains only simple, plant-based ingredients and has no GMOs, no soy, and no gluten.