PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS ENDORSES BILL TO ENSURE BETTER MEAT PROCESSING AND LABELING

July 29, 2020
Press Release

 WASHINGTON - Today, the Problem Solvers Caucus officially endorsed the Food Safety Modernization for Innovative Technologies Act, a bill that formalizes a regulatory framework for food derived from cell-cultured technology. If signed into law, the bill would leverage the lab and food safety oversight expertise of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure Americans are kept safe as cell-cultured meat technologies progress.

The Food Safety Modernization for Innovative Technologies Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Problem Solvers Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and Darren Soto (D-FL). The two Representatives later brought it to the Problem Solvers Caucus for endorsement where more than 75 percent of the 50-member Caucus agreed to support the bill.

“As lab-made meat continues to become more popular, it is critical that we ensure that industry is held to the same strict standards we hold all our food,” said Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY). “I’m proud that the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus is endorsing this bill so we can continue to make sure America’s food supply remains safe and secure.” 

“As consumers continue to seek alternative meat products, like cell-based meat, it’s more imperative than ever that we create regulations for food substitutes,” said Rep. Darren Soto. “We want to ensure Americans are getting the safe product they sign up for when they’re checking out at the grocery store. I’m proud to introduce this bill with Congressman Johnson and excited to have the support of Florida’s cattle ranchers!”

“South Dakota ranchers already produce a safe, quality product, anything lab-grown should have to meet the same standards for consumers,” said Rep. Dusty Johnson. “As cell-cultured foods make way to the supermarket, Americans deserve to know exactly what it is they are feeding their families. Ag deserves a seat at the table when it comes to imitation products. I’m proud my bill was endorsed by the Problem Solvers Caucus as we work towards clear labeling across the board.” 

“Ensuring that every American has access to safe, quality food should be a bipartisan priority. While ensuring food security, we should make sure that lab-made meat is held to the same standard that we hold meat produced by our hardworking farmers,” said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick. “We must make sure that all Americans are receiving and consuming safe products, and I thank Congressmen Johnson and Soto for bringing this legislation to the Problem Solvers Caucus.”

 

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 The Problem Solvers Caucus is a bipartisan group in Congress comprised of 50 members – equally divided between Democrats and Republicans – who are committed to forging bipartisan cooperation on key issues. It is co-chaired by Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY).