Bias Alert: FDA Asserts Unfounded Jurisdiction Over 'Fake Meat' in Kangaroo Court HearingFri, 13 Jul 2018 10:32:14 CDT
The Washington Beltway is wrestling with how a new product coming onto the market commonly referred to as fake meat, protein derived from animals but grown in a laboratory, should be regulated. The Food & Drug Administration hosted a public hearing yesterday to address that issue. There representing the cattle industry was Danielle Beck of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s DC office, who says FDA’s dubious motives were made quite clear at these proceedings.
“To be honest, I’ve never seen a public hearing structured like (this one),” she said. “They posed a series of risk-based safety focused questions that would inform them into the regulation of these products - basically asserting they should have soul jurisdiction as per the very broad definition of food.”
According to Beck, the docket was stacked with FDA insiders who essentially built a case as to why fake meat should be under the FDA’s umbrella.
“There was really only one meat science perspective represented on that panel and otherwise it was folks who have a very clear bias against traditional agricultural production. I’ve never seen such bias put on display with really blatant disregard to where our current administration is. We believe that USDA is the appropriate regulators and FDA was putting the cart before the horse.”
The chairmen of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee sent a letter expressing their displeasure with the FDA’s unilateral public meeting on fake meat. NCBA said in a statement how encouraging it was for a bipartisan group to express support for USDA’s oversight role. Click or tap the link below to read the letter from the Chairmen in full.
Listen to Beck fully recount the events of yesterday’s hearing, with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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