Comment Joint regulation of cell-cultured food products
After several discussions between the two Agencies that incorporated this stakeholder feedback, they have concluded that both the USDA and the FDA should jointly oversee the production of cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry.
Drawing on the expertise of both USDA and FDA, the Agencies are announcing agreement on a joint regulatory framework wherein FDA oversees cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth and differentiation.
A transition from FDA to USDA oversight will occur during the cell harvest stage. USDA will then oversee the production and labeling of food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry. And, the Agencies are actively refining the technical details of the framework, including robust collaboration and information sharing between the agencies to allow each to carry out our respective roles.
This regulatory framework will leverage both the FDA’s experience regulating cell-culture technology and living biosystems and the USDA’s expertise in regulating livestock and poultry products for human consumption.