Issue Background

Fake Meat

NCBA is leading efforts in Washington to make sure that fake meat – both current plant-based products and potential lab-produced products in the future – is properly marketed and regulated.


First, we are asking the USDA to work with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enforce existing labeling laws for plant-based protein products. The FDA has the power to take action against products that use misleading labels to confuse consumers about the true nature of their product. Unfortunately, the FDA has a track record of lax enforcement on food labeling issues.


Second, we are asking the USDA to assert regulatory jurisdiction over lab-grown fake meat products. No framework currently exists for regulating these new products, but USDA is the agency best-placed to ensure both fair and accurate labeling and the safety of lab-grown products for consumers.

NCBA recently submitted comments outlining our principles on fake meat to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and we will continue to lead the way as Washington decides how to regulate new products that are introduced in the marketplace.


* May 14, 2018 - NCBA Op-Ed: House Appropriators Should Support USDA Regulation of Lab-Grown Protein


* May 10, 2018 - Beltway Beef Podcast with NCBA's Danielle Beck Re: Positive Fake Meat Provisions in Pending Legislation


​* April 10, 2018 - NCBA News Release: NCBA Lays Out Principles for Regulating Fake Meat


* April 10, 2018 - NCBA's Full Comments to USDA Re: Fake Meat


* April 10, 2018 - Beltway Beef Podcast with NCBA's Danielle Beck Re: Fake Meat Comments


* Feb. 20, 2018 - Beltway Beef Podcast: We Tried Fake Meat So You Don't Have To!