Chairman Roberts’ Statement on USDA, FDA Plan to Regulate Cell-Cultured Food

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today made the following statement after the Trump Administration announced a decision on how to regulate cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and U.S. Food and Drug Agency (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb today announced that both agencies will oversee the joint regulation of these products. FDA will oversee the cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth and differentiation. Then, USDA will oversee the production and labeling of these products.

“It seems Secretary Perdue and Commissioner Gottlieb listened to stakeholders and developed a workable solution,” said Chairman Roberts. “I’m pleased that USDA and FDA worked together on a proposal for regulation of these products that is respectful to the producer and the consumer.”

The public comment period on the decision will remain open until Dec. 26.


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