Whether or not you believe that cultivated meat is safe to eat, you can rest assured that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared it for human consumption. The FDA has never before approved a cell-based meat product, but this is a significant milestone in the development of the industry.
Upside Foods, a company that produces meat products from chicken cells grown in a lab, has received FDA approval for its cultivated chicken. This will enable the company to begin producing meat in the US without the need to slaughter live animals. The company takes chicken cells from the tissue of real chickens and grows them in a bioreactor. It then harvests the cells and packages them in a way that allows them to be sold as meat. The company’s spokesperson says that the meat will be available to consumers after the company receives USDA inspection.
The FDA’s decision could lead to the United States becoming the first country to allow the sale of cultured meat. It will allow more companies to begin producing the product in the US. It will also enable more meat alternatives to be available to consumers in grocery stores. The company claims that the product is safe to eat and that it is better for the environment than raising cattle.
The FDA approved the Upside Foods product based on a number of criteria, including the company’s information and its production process. The agency also evaluated the company’s cultured cell material and manufacturing controls. According to the FDA, Upside Foods met all of the requirements to receive its approval, which will allow the company to begin producing meat products in the US.
However, the FDA decision is only for Upside Foods’ cultivated chicken. The FDA has not yet approved other types of cultivated meat products, though it is working with several firms on developing production processes. The FDA’s decision is a positive sign for the growing number of lab-grown meat producers in the US.
While the FDA decision is a major milestone for the cultivated meat industry, it may not be enough to convince consumers to buy it. The high cost of the product may be too much of a deterrent for some consumers. Especially young consumers who may not be ready to eat meat that has not been slaughtered. And the high price point may keep the industry from taking off in the United States.
According to health experts, the nutritional profile of cultivated meat will be similar to that of conventional meat. It also has the advantage of being processed in a controlled environment. This will allow the food manufacturers to more effectively control the quality and safety of the product. In addition, it will also reduce the use of water, which is needed to raise livestock. This could lead to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, which is a major issue for the environment.
Several companies are attempting to pivot away from the use of animal-based serum, such as fetal bovine serum. They claim that this is an effective way to develop meat products in the lab. However, there are still a number of production challenges.