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America’s Largest Meat Lobby Gets Behind Clean Meat

According to Food Navigator, the North American Meat Institute—the oldest and largest meat lobby group in the U.S.—is joining forces with clean meat company Memphis Meats. Today the two organizations sent a joint letter to President Donald Trump calling for “regulatory clarity as clean meat, or “cell-based meat, as the two organizations are now calling it, gets closer to commercialization.

The letter sent to the White House states that existing law and practice, along with “longstanding precedent, shows that the FDA and the USDA both have key roles to play when it comes to bringing cell-based meat to market. The letter expresses that the two parties believe it would be in both of their best interests if the president allowed the FDA to oversee premarket safety testing and the USDA to handle matters thereafter.

Such a regulatory framework is not new and plays into the strengths and experience of FDA and USDA. FDA has extensive expertise regarding products produced using cell culture technology and USDA has a longstanding role in inspecting meat and poultry products.
Additionally, the North American Meat Institute and Memphis Meats agreed to use “cell-based meat and poultry as the proper terminology for these products and called for a meeting with the White House, USDA, FDA, and conventional and cell-based meat industry stakeholders.

While this is the first time the two industries are partnering on the regulatory level, it’s not the first time they’ve collaborated. Earlier this year, Tyson Foods, the largest poultry producer in the world, invested in Memphis Meats. This was the second time a major meat producer had backed the company. The first was Cargill, which made history last year with its landmark investment. Memphis Meats is known for creating real beef burgers without cows and the world’s first chicken and duck meat without animal slaughter.

Those of us who have switched to a plant-based diet know that vegan foods are incredibly satisfying. The fact remains, however, that most people still eat meat, so these clean meat products can provide a humane, sustainable, and affordable alternative.

We wholeheartedly believe that this could completely transform the way the world eats and spare billions of animals a lifetime of suffering.

Animals raised and killed for food are treated as mere objects, and their short lives are filled with violence and pain. Cows, pigs, chickens, and fish are subjected to a lifetime of confinement, mutilation, torture, and slaughter.

Fortunately, cell-based meat products can change all this. People will enjoy meat without contributing to horrific suffering.

But you don’t have to wait for clean meat to hit the market to start helping animals. Join the millions of people who have already switched to a compassionate, sustainable, and healthy plant-based diet. Click here to get started. And check out our Pinterest page for thousands of plant-based recipe ideas!