The 'beef' between animal rights and new science over lab-grown meat

TUCSON, Ariz. - In the beginning stages of introducing a new type of meat to consumers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held its first public meeting to discuss lab-grown meat, also referred to as “cultured meat” or “in vitro meat.”

Lab-grown meat is made straight from the test tube, achieved by collecting the stem cells of animals and are multiplied using “non-traditional food technologies.”

In a statement, the FDA has already signaled it believes it has the authority to regulate these types new products, but a major question: how safe is it?

The talks are centered on what to call it, what can go in it, any risks, and how it should be regulated.

Some critics say it's not meat and should be labeled "products."

It apparently tastes, looks, and smells like the real thing.

 

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