Yesterday, Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its decision to decline the advocacy group’s objections to the agency’s approval of a genetically engineered (GE) soy protein used in the Impossible Burger. Also referred to as genetically engineered “heme,” soy leghemoglobin is the color additive Impossible Foods uses to make its plant-based burger appear to “bleed.”
Soon, people will likely be able to buy cell-cultured meat. To make it, food animals are biopsied and their cells banked, or stored, for use. Then the meat is grown from the cells, harvested, and made into food products. Specifics on the process and the composition of the final product aren’t publicly available.The FDA and USDA are responsible for food safety and have started oversight work on cell-cultured meat. But they haven’t followed all leading practices for interagency collaboration. Improving how they work together can help them use their resources more efficiently.Our recommendations address this and other issues we found.