Bill defining meat in North Dakota goes to the governor, other states work on similar efforts

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Legislature wants to make sure that when consumers buy meat, they know they’re buying “the edible flesh of an animal born and harvested for the purpose of human consumption,” and not something developed in a lab.

The Senate on Monday, March 4, passed House Bill 1400, which defines meat and prohibits deceptive marketing of cell-cultured products that mimic meat. Only Sen. Dave Oehlke, R-Devils Lake, cast a no vote, with the final tally at 44-1.

The bill earlier passed the North Dakota House, with a 87-1 vote. Only Rep. Ruth Buffalo, D-Fargo, voted no in that chamber. The bill now goes to Gov. Doug Burgum.