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AZ lawmakers introduce bills regulating lab-grown meat in stores

The USDA approved the sale of lab-grown meat last year. And now, two state representatives are looking to either regulate such products or ban them altogether.

Republican lawmaker David Marshall introduced a bill to block the sale of lab-cultivated meat meant for human or animal consumption. 

The measure includes  a legislative declaration saying Arizona’s cattle ranching industry "is integral to this state's history, culture, values and economy.”

And it would let anyone whose business is harmed by the sale of lab meat to collect damages up to $100,000. 

Another lawmaker’s bill allows for the sale but would prohibit a business from labeling a product as meat unless it came directory from an animal.

Rep. Quang Nguyen says his bill controlling the term of what is called “meat” is about transparency.

"I just want to make sure that the people that don't want to have anything to do with lab-generated meat, they have the ability to look at the label and say I don't want it," Nguyen said.

No hearings have been set for either measure.

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.