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Italy Approves Proposed Bill to Ban Lab-Grown Meat

March 29, 2023
Agriculture lobbies look to eliminate “synthetic” foods that jeopardize Italian food heritage and health.

The Italian government has backed a proposed bill that would ban laboratory-produced meat and other synthetic foods, in the name of protecting Italian food heritage and health.

Coldiretti, a free trade association of agricultural entrepreneurs and farmers based in Rome, along with other agriculture lobbies in Italy, collected more than half a million signatures — including that of Italian prime minister Giorgia Meloni — asking for the protection of “natural food vs. synthetic food,” amidst a growing movement in support of the importance of Italian food traditions.

According to reports, the approved proposals seek to ban synthetic foods produced from animal cells without killing the animal and would apply to lab-produced fish and synthetic milk as well.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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