Alabama’s Senate Bill 23 forbids products made from cultured animal cells

The Alabama House of Representatives has recently passed the Senate Bill 23, which if passed into law, will come into effect from 1 October 2024.
Alabama’s Senate Bill 23 forbids products made from cultured animal cells
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The Alabama House of Representatives has recently passed the Senate Bill 23, which if passed into law, will come into effect from 1 October 2024. 

It is sponsored by Senator Jack W. Williams (R-Wilmer), and now on its way to Governor Kay Ivy to be signed into law. 

According to the new law, it will be forbidden to produce, sale, or distribute cell-based meat products in Alabama. Advocates of the bill are concerned about unstudied long-term health effects of lab-grown proteins.

In case of violation, the action could be considered as a Class C misdemeanor and can cause the revocation or suspension of an establishment’s food safety license. The civil fine will vary from $100 up to $10,000.

The legislation does allow research in Alabama regarding the production of cultivated food products by governmental entities or institutions of higher education.

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