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‘Lab meat’ closer to supermarkets as US regulators outline oversight

NEW YORK — Burgers made by growing cow cells in a lab dish have a clearer path to reaching supermarkets as US regulators on Thursday outlined how the emerging food category will be monitored. The US Department of Agriculture said meat from cultured animal cells will have to undergo agency inspection, as with other meat and poultry products. Carmen Rottenberg of the USDA said she expects inspections to be similar to those for other meat-processing plants, but noted that a lot remains unknown since companies haven’t yet scaled up to commercial production. Rottenberg also says the agency expects a new label will be required for cell-cultured meat, meaning it likely won’t be able to simply use terms like “ground beef” or “ham ...