FDA hosts public meeting to make case for oversight on lab-grown meat

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In the first steps of introducing a new class of so-called “slaughter-free” meat, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will host a public meeting on Thursday to discuss the phenomenon surrounding lab-grown meat, also referred to as “cultured meat” or “in vitro meat.”

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

At Thursday’s meeting, the FDA will face the following question: How does the government define and regulate a product like “cultured meat?”

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