“What’s in a Name?”: Laws & Regulations Governing Alternative Protein Labels


Whether you call it “cell-cultured meat”, “clean meat”, “fake meat” or (like USDA and FDA) “human food produced using animal cell culture technology,” you’ve probably heard of the new technology promising to create protein alternatives grown from stem cells of living animals.  But who designates what descriptive words may (or may not) be included on the labeling of these new products, as well as other existing products such as “beyond meat burgers” or “seitan bacon”?

This webinar will cover the basics of food labeling in the alternative protein context, including a discussion of the responsible agencies and laws delegating that responsibility.  Additionally, the webinar will address current events such as recently passed state laws regulating the labeling of certain products within those states, as well as the status of those laws after legal challenges.



Time and Date:

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

12:00 – 1:00 (EST)


This webinar is offered free of charge and is limited to the first 100 registrants. It is recommended that you test your computer for software compatibility prior to the webinar by clicking here.

This webinar was recorded on February 19, 2020. To view a recording of this webinar, please click here.


Elizabeth Rumley is a senior staff attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. At the Center, her primary research and scholarship focus is on legal issues in animal agriculture, and she frequently lectures on those issues and others to audiences nationwide. She has developed and is teaching a graduate/undergraduate level course on legal issues in animal agriculture at the University of Arkansas.  Additionally, she teaches a course on Environmental Law in the Bumpers College.  Further, she has co-taught a course covering “Animals and Agricultural Production, Law and Policy” at the University of Nebraska College of Law and the University of Oklahoma College of Law.  She is licensed to practice law in Michigan, Ohio, and Oklahoma after earning her B.A. from Michigan State University, her J.D. cum laude from the University of Toledo College of Law, and her LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

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