FDA says this lab-grown chicken is safe for human consumption

FDA says this lab-grown chicken is safe for human consumption

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA announced that meat that was grown in a laboratory has been safe to eat. This opens the door to more meat options in grocery stores across the United States.

The regulator reviewed the products of UPSIDEFoods , a California-based company that creates cell-cultured poultry by taking cells from live birds and storing the meat in stainless steel tanks. The FDA stated that UPSIDE can be allowed to enter the United States market after being inspected by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Under the terms of a 2019 agreement, the USDA and FDA regulate cell-cultured meat together, with the USDA overseeing the processing and labeling of these alternative meat products.

Food sustainability advocates hope that the use of lab-grown meat will help reduce the need for animals to be killed and aid in the climate crisis. According to a 2020 study published in the journal The Lancet, the global food system is responsible for about 25 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, most of which come from animal agriculture. Cultivated chicken was even served to attendees at this month’s COP27 climate change conference in Egypt.

“The food revolution is underway and the FDA is committed to supporting innovation. This is the statement . by Robert M. Califf, FDA Commissioner and Susan Mayne (director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition ). “Advancements made in cell culture technology allow food developers to use animal cells from poultry, livestock, and seafood in food production. These products are expected to be available for sale in the U.S. in the near future .”

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In 2020, Singapore became first country that allowed the sale of cultured meat, when it granted a Eat Just Inc. regulatory approval for its laboratory grown chicken.

Hundreds of other companies are working to replicate the texture and taste of traditional meat to help make this alternative source more appealing to consumers. According to the Good Food Institute, there are more than 151 cultivated-meat companies on six continents that are financially backed by more than $2.6 billion in investments. The Good Food Institute is an organization that promotes alternatives to traditional meat.

While this step is technically not an approval, the FDA states it has, “evaluated UPSIDE Foods’ information as part of a Pre-Market Consultation for their food made with cultured chicken cells and has not further questions about the firm’s safety conclusion .”

While this clearance is only for food made from cultured chicken cells of UPSIDE, FDA stated that it is open to working with other companies to develop cell-cultured foods.

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