The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested information “pertaining to the labeling of foods comprised of or containing cultured seafood cells,” which the agency notes are “being developed and may soon enter the marketplace.”

“Animal cell culture technology involves the controlled growth of animal cells, their subsequent differentiation into various cell types, and their harvesting and processing into food,” the notice states. “Once produced, the harvested cells could potentially be processed into or combined with other foods and marketed in the same, or similar, manner as conventionally produced meat, poultry, and seafood.” Comments will be accepted until March 8, 2021.

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