The National Turkey Federation (NTF) released the following statement today on the formal agreement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to jointly oversee the production of animal cell-cultured protein:

“Joint regulatory oversight of animal cell-cultured protein – with USDA regulating production and labeling – is the best path forward,” said Joel Brandenberger, NTF president. “Today’s formal agreement appears to address the concerns expressed by NTF members and other meat and poultry producers. NTF applauds the teams at USDA and FDA for their commitment to a joint process, and we look forward to working with both agencies moving forward. This is just the first of many steps in developing a regulatory framework, and NTF will continue to be an active voice in this discussion.”

The National Turkey Federation is the national advocate for America’s turkey farmers and producers, raising awareness for its members’ products while strengthening their ability to profitably and safely deliver wholesome, high-quality and nutritious food to consumers worldwide.