New South Carolina Law Bans Lab Grown Protein from Advertising as Meat

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South Carolina has passed a new law that keeps protein grown in a laboratory from stem cells as advertising as “meat.”

Primary sponsor Republican Rep. Randy Ligon of Chester says he didn’t want people to confuse lab-grown protein with the real thing.

The lawmaker and member of the South Carolina Cattlemen’s Association told The Post and Courier of Charleston he doesn’t want to stop research into the alternative food, but he does want to make sure consumers understand what they are getting.

The bill passed both the House and Senate unanimously and Gov. Henry McMaster signed it into law last month.

Lab-grown meat hasn’t made it into stores yet, but federal agencies have announced how they will regulate the industry.