Post by BBQ Butcher on Jul 16, 2018 3:17:31 GMT -5
OK, we are talking about the government and consumers here, so why should we expect the gubment to make things easier for us peons to understand? How about "cow-burger or petri-burger"?
“By an overwhelming margin, our survey found that consumers want clear labels identifying meat produced in the lab from cultured animal cells,” said Dr. Michael Hansen, senior scientist for Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports.
“Federal regulators should ensure these emerging food products are clearly labeled so consumers can make informed choices for their families and easily distinguish them from conventional meat.”
Consumers have the right to know food ingredients and where they come from and how they are produced. Or do they? Are producers or distributors still required to label meat country of origin? I'm all for clear labeling but if lab-grown meat is chemically and physically identical to the real deal I wonder if there is a loophole there. If there isn't and money is being lost one will probably be created.
I have little doubt the European union will label correctly from the get go or at least much faster than the US. I'm not confident the US will at all. Producers in the US are much more important than consumers. Even when general health is at stake. One needs look no further than the Trans fat, Roundup/GMO fiascos to see that. The US plans to eliminate trans fat by 2023. What's 5 more years of public damage when there is money to be made. There are many more examples but these will probably not cause any unintended controversy that will detract from the subject.
Beyond burgers are oddly placed in grocery store meat dept's. Probably as a matter of practicality making use of existing refrigeration but maybe as a sales technique. They are clearly labeled Plant-Based Burger Patties as they should be.