Beef Comes From Cows, Not Plants or Labs, Cattle Group Argues

(Bloomberg) -- A cattle group wants the government to weigh in on just what can be called a burger.

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, a group that represents livestock producers, filed a petition this month asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prevent food not made from slaughtered animals from being labeled as “beef” or “meat.” Those words should be used to show shoppers “that the product is derived naturally from animals as opposed to alternative proteins such as plants and insects or artificially grown in a laboratory,” the document said.

Beef Comes From Cows, Not Plants or Labs, Cattle Group Argues

The dairy industry also took on rivals last year in a debate over definitions. Lawmakers introduced a bill in 2017 that would prohibit using terms like “milk” or “ice cream” on foods not produced from hooved animals, such as almond, soy and rice milks.

Some of the largest meat companies have sampled the alternatives. The venture capital arm of Tyson Foods Inc. invested in two startups creating meat-like products from lab cultures or plant-based ingredients. Canadian dairy processor Saputo Inc. said this month that it may expand into plant-based beverages.

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