Indiana lawmaker proposes new rules for food labels

The law would require meat and dairy products to specify whether they come from a farm or a lab

Indiana lawmaker proposes new rules for food labels
An Indiana lawmaker wants food labels to specify whether meat was grown in a lab or on a farm.

SCOTT COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - State Rep. Terry Goodin (D-Austin), an Indiana lawmaker from Scott County, wants to pass a law creating new rules for what’s on food labels in Indiana.

Goodin, who is on the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, said the law would ensure that people know the meat they eat and milk they drink comes from farm animals rather than being scientifically engineered in a lab.

The bill would prevent products from being labeled as meat, poultry, or coming from the milk of a cow or other animal, if the products contain tissue cultivated in vitro from animal cells.

In vitro animal products, which are sometimes referred to as “clean meat,” are made from stem cells harvested via biopsy from living livestock. The meat is then grown in a lab over a number of weeks.

“In recent years, we have seen a trend where scientists are taking DNA samples from cows and chickens, then using that DNA to grow meat in their labs,” Goodin said in a statement. “The meats from these scientifically-created food are then being passed off in their labeling as if they are being harvested from live animals on a farm. I think that’s wrong and false advertising, and I think people have the right to know where their steaks, hamburgers and chicken are coming from.”

The bill will be considering in the upcoming 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly, which begins next month.

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