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Foods Made with Cultured Animal Cells

Taking a small number of cells from living animals and growing them in a controlled environment to create food is an emerging area of food science. Advancements in cell culture technology are enabling food developers to use animal cells obtained from livestock, poultry, or seafood in the production of food, with these products expected to be ready for the market in the not too distant future.

The FDA’s role, along with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS), is to ensure that regulatory oversight is in place so that, when that happens, food developers bring safe and properly labeled products to the market. In 2019, the FDA and USDA-FSIS established a formal agreement on how we would use our regulatory tools to help ensure that foods comprising or containing cultured animal cells entering the U.S. market are safe and properly labeled. This agreement laid out which parts of the process each agency will oversee and was the first step toward developing the framework to support safe production of these foods and providing clarity to industry on the requirements for producing, distributing, and selling these foods in the U.S.

The FDA and USDA-FSIS have held public meetings to better understand the science of animal cell culture technology, potential hazards, labeling considerations, and to listen to consumer concerns. The FDA and USDA-FSIS will continue their open communication and engagement with stakeholders to foster innovation while ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply.

To view the FDA and USDA-FSIS pre-recorded webinar, please visit: Overview of FDA and USDA Roles and Responsibilities for Cultured Animal Cell Human and Animal Food Products Webinar. Registration is required.

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