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Misbranding Nonmeat And Imported And Artificial Meat

Concerning the definitions applicable to the misbranding of food, and, in connection therewith, prohibiting failing to label food from animals not born, raised, and harvested exclusively in the United States as imported; prohibiting labeling food that does not come from animals as "meat" or terms that describe meat; and requiring laboratory-grown meat labeling to display notice of its origin.
2020 Regular Session
Public Health
Bill Summary

Current law prohibits selling meat or meat products that are imported without the label indicating the fact of importation. The bill expands this to cover any meat derived from animals that were not born, raised, and harvested exclusively in the United States.

The bill provides that food is misbranded as "meat" or a cut of meat if it does not come from animals and that lab-grown meat is misbranded as "meat" or a cut of meat unless labeled as "lab-grown" or "artificially cultured".

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. E. Hooton, Rep. P. Neville



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