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US Cattlemen's Association requires accurate beef labelling

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The measure is necessary to differentiate between real beef and alternatives made in the laboratory.

Posted on Feb 12 ,10:09

US Cattlemen's Association requires accurate beef labelling

The US Cattlemen's Association (USCA) has submitted a petition to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) requesting an accurate beef labelling requirements in order to help consumers choose between meat products derived from cattle and laboratory substitutes.

The alternative "beef" products are made from synthetic substances extracted from plants or insects or a lab-grown product derived from animal cells. The USCA's request is meant to clearly label and identify alternative “beef” products that are not derived from cattle, informs KTIC Radio.

"Accurate labelling of U.S. beef products has always been a number one priority for the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association. Our members brought forth their concern with the labelling of products as 'meat' that is not in fact derived from bovine animals and USCA leadership and staff moved ahead with this petition to address that concern. Consumers depend upon the USDA FSIS to ensure that the products they purchase at the grocery store match their label descriptions.

We look forward to working with the agency to rectify the misleading labelling of 'beef' products that are made with plant or insect protein or grown in a petri dish. U.S. cattle producers take pride in developing the highest quality and safest beef in the world, and labels must clearly distinguish that difference", said Kenny Graner, President of USCA, after delivering the petition to US Department of Agriculture.

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