NBA Support Effort to Require “Meat” and “Beef” to Describe Products from Animals
The National Bison Association Board of Directors last night voted unanimously to support a
recently-filed petition to direct the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service to limit the
terms “meat” and “beef” to products that are derived from animals raised for slaughter.
As A growing number of companies are developing and marketing burgers and other products
resembling meat, but which are comprised solely of non-animal ingredients. The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) last month filed a 15-page petition to the FSIS stating, in part, “[The government] should require that any product labeled as ‘beef’ come from
cattle that have been born, raised, and harvested in the traditional manner, rather than coming
from alternative sources such as a synthetic product from plant, insects, or other non-animal components and any product grown in labs from animal cells.”
Veggie burgers have been around for decades, but scientists in recent years have been conducting research in new ways to replicate the taste and texture of meat through the genetic engineering of plant materials such as green algae, corn and soy protein isolate. Some traditional meat companies—including Tyson Foods—have invested in the development of these new products.
The NBA board last night voted to join a growing number of livestock organizations to prohibit those products from being labels as meat or beef