Federal agencies have settled on a framework for regulating lab-grown meats in the United States -- putting the emerging industry one step closer to commercially selling cell-based animal protein.
The decision comes as companies around the world are racing to develop the technology to commercially grow meat in a lab. Multiple companies say they are close. A California-based business, Just, recently announced it plans to make its first commercial sale of a lab-grown chicken nugget product this year.
But before that can happen in the United States, federal regulators must determine that these product are safe to eat and then establish a method for regulating them.
They now have a plan to do that.