Regulatory update on Australian and international frameworks for cell-based sources of protein

Cell-based protein is an emerging technology that has the potential to reduce traditional meat production and consumption. Marketers of cell-based proteins make various claims such as their products being equivalent to the conventional meat protein or a claim that their production and processes are more ‘environmentally sustainable’. Food authorities across jurisdictions are creating regulatory frameworks to ensure appropriate pre-market assessments, labelling and general quality of the final food product. This article explores how various jurisdictions regulate cell-based protein.