Red states target lab-grown meat over labeling concerns

The U.S. Department of Agriculture last year approved the sale of the cultivated food produced by two California-based companies.
Chef Zach Tyndall prepares Good Meat’s cultivated chicken at the Eat Just office in Alameda, Calif., Wednesday, June 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Republican lawmakers are advancing legislation in at least a dozen states that would limit sales of lab-grown meat products over concerns that the rapidly growing industry poses a risk to consumer health and the economic well-being of farmers and ranchers.

The Alabama Senate and the Arizona House this month approved measures to ban the sale or manufacture of cell-cultured animal products. A similar bill is winding its way through the Florida House, where the Infrastructure Strategies Committee gave it a vote of confidence on Thursday.

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