Lab-grown meat is safe to eat reports the FDA. This very milestone will be marking the first time that any lab-grown meat has been given the safety stamp of approval by the USFDA in a major win for the burgeoning industry.
Lab-Grown Meat Is Safe To Eat Reports the FDA
For the first time, lab-grown meat has received the US Food and Drug Administration’s safety stamp of approval and also marks a major milestone for both advocates and producers of cultured meat in the US and other regions of the world.
The said decision deems lab-grown chicken cultivated by Upside Foods safe to consume, although at the moment it is not yet approved for sale. The FDA announced on Wednesday that it has “evaluated the information submitted to the agency and has no further questions at this time about the firm’s safety conclusion.”
How Lab-Grown Meat Are Made
Upside Foods makes use of animal cell culture technology to take living cells from chickens and then grow those very cells in a controlled environment in order to make cultured animal cell food instead of making use of traditional slaughterhouse practices. And despite a contingent of companies and industries such as Mosa Meat, Memphis Meats, Aleph Farms, and Meatable, that are all working on the budding food technology, lab-grown meat in any type of form as of yet has not been available for sale or consumption in the united states.
What Upside Foods Have To Say About the News
“Today we are one step closer to your dining tables as Upside Foods becomes the first company in the world to receive the USFDA greenlight — that means the FDA has evaluated our production process and accepts our conclusion that our cultivated chicken is safe to eat,” the company on Wednesday said.
“We’re Over the Moon” – Animal Rights Advocacy Group
Animal rights advocacy group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals released a statement which is in support of the decision made yesterday. “We’re over the moon to see slaughterless meat becoming a reality,” it stated.
And while the announcement means that it is very much likely a step closer to landing in a grocery store close to you, there are still important approvals needed before it does, most notably from the US Department of Agriculture.
FDA’s Assessment of Upside Foods
“In addition to meeting the FDA’s requirements, including facility registration for the cell culture portion of the process, the firm will need a grant of inspection from the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) for the manufacturing establishment,” the FDA stated.
The Effect of This New Development on the Industry
The said decision is a positive sign for the increasing number of producers of lab-grown meat in the United States. The FDA shared that it is ready to work with additional companies developing cultured animal cell food and production processes. Producers and advocates of lab-grown meat argue that it will eventually mean cleaner, drug-free as well as cruelty-free meat. In many other countries including Singapore, lab-grown meats have already been approved for both sale and consumption.