A one-stop shop for food safety within his department would still be ideal, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told ranchers and farmers, even as the agency and the Food and Drug Administration are close to a key pact on regulating lab-grown meat.
The USDA and FDA are ready to finalize an agreement for joint oversight of meat grown in a petri dish, Perdue said Friday, during a speech at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention. The memorandum of understanding “is ready to be signed,” he said.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Perdue announced in November 2018 a deal to share jurisdiction, with the FDA overseeing the process of growing cells in the laboratory and the USDA supervising production and labeling.
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