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The Wall Street Journal Quotes Brian Sylvester on Regulation of Cell-Cultured Meats 

The Wall Street Journal
October 3, 2018

Brian P. Sylvester, special counsel in Wiley Rein’s Food, Drug and Medical Device and Consumer Product Regulation practices, was quoted by The Wall Street Journal in an October 3 Special Report on the future of food. The Special Report tackles the regulatory questions surrounding meat produced by way of cell-culture technology – also known as cell-based, cell-cultured, or clean meat.

Because these products don’t fall clearly into current U.S. food regulation, as noted in the article, questions have arisen regarding federal regulatory oversight. Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been in discussion since earlier this year as to what the appropriate oversight should be.

Mr. Sylvester said clarity is needed. “The biggest challenge for any new technology is regulatory uncertainty,” he told The Wall Street Journal.  

A clear regulatory framework may begin to come into focus when the USDA and the FDA host an October 23-24 joint meeting to discuss safety and labeling considerations for cell-cultured foods. This meeting comes on the heels of a letter to the White House, co-signed by the North American Meat Institute and Memphis Meats, proposing a dual FDA-USDA regulatory pathway.

Please find the article here (subscription required).