The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the Food and Drug Administration should focus on food safety when it comes to cell-cultured proteins.
During a House Appropriations Subcommittee budget hearing, FDA Commissioner Robert Califf was questioned about the pre-market consultation for reviewing cell culture chicken products. “As we look at climate change and supply chain disruptions, the use of biotechnology in food is an area that we’re all interested in,” he says. “There’s no getting around it, it requires collaboration with the Department of Agriculture because we have split responsibilities here.”
NCBA’s Rebecca Barnett, director of animal health and food safety policy, says the Commissioner’s comments are concerning.