TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Food and Drug Administration as well as the Department of Agriculture have come together outline a framework for regulating cell-cultured meat, or meat grown from cow stem cells in a laboratory setting. This means meat produced in this manner is another step closer to being available in U.S. supermarkets.
Deputy Under Secretary for the Department of Agriculture says the cell cultured meat is expected to require a new label that informs consumers of its differentiation from ground beef.
While the meat technically is still from the average cow, some Twin Falls residents don't expect to be giving lab produced meat a try anytime soon.
"The real thing you know what it's being fed, you know where it's grown up, and where it came from," says Krishan Lexa. "Where as a test tube, you're really not sure what's in it."
There's still quite a few regulatory hurdles for the cell cultured meat to jump through before it becomes a staple of the American grocery store, and it's yet to be seen how beef producers adapt to this new method of production.