USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) is extending the comment period for a petition submitted by the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) requesting that FSIS exclude so-called lab meat from the definitions of “beef” and “meat.”

The Feb. 9 petition was posted on the FSIS petitions webpage on Feb. 16 and is available at

The USCA petition was scheduled to close on April 17. However, the petition has generated significant interest from stakeholders and FSIS got a request on April 10 to extend the comment period, and FSIS is extending it to May 17.

People can submit comments via the federal eRulemaking portal via the link below

Comments can also be sent via mail to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Mailstop 3758, Room 6065, Washington, D.C. 20250-3700; or by hand or courier delivery to 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 6065, Washington, D.C. 20250-3700.  All comments submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the agency name and identification number FSIS-2018-0016.