Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
USDA and FDA to Host Joint Meeting On Cell-Based Meat Regulation
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are hosting a joint meeting next month to discuss regulation and labelling of cell-based meat. Previously known as “clean meat,” cell-based meat is a slaughter-free alternative to traditional animal agriculture that is produced by culturing animal cells in a laboratory setting. “This is an important opportunity to hear from the agricultural industry and consumers as we consider the regulatory framework for these new products,” USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said. “American farmers and ranchers feed the world, but as technology advances, we must consider how to inspect and regulate to ensure food safety, regardless of the production method.” The meeting follows a joint letter sent to President Donald Trump last month by cell-based meat startup Memphis Meats and the meat lobby group North American Meat Institute urging the administration to establish a framework that encourages fair regulatory practices for food production, and requesting a formal meeting between the USDA, FDA, and other relevant stakeholders. VegNews
The letter referred to is embedded below or you can view it here.