The FDA has approved Upside Foods’ lab-grown meat for the first time in history. What once seemed like science fiction is now becoming a reality – eating meat without killing an animal. The new way of eating and obtaining animal protein is taking on new dimensions. You can eat animal flesh without considering the suffering of living creatures raised for this purpose.
The First Approved Cultivated Meat in the US
On November 17, the FDA announced that it had completed an initial consultation with food technology Upside Foods, which will market cultured chicken, a product that falls under the category of “human food produced using animal cell technology.”
FDA members have evaluated the information submitted by Upside Foods as safe for consumption. This is a significant moment for the lab-grown meat industry. Upside Foods just became the very first brand to receive FDA approval in this way.
Further Steps Need to be Taken Before Launching Meat on the Market
Upside Foods has several steps before the company’s cell-based chicken can be sold and served in stores and restaurants. First, it must meet all FDA requirements, including device registration and inspections, to obtain full approval to sell its products on the US market.
On the issue of lab-grown meat, scientists are working to find ways to mimic steaks, hamburgers, and other animal products with the same authentic taste. Biologically, lab-grown meat is made of the same tissue that comes from an animal.
Cultured meat is made from the muscle cells of living animals. The collected cells are transported to the laboratory, where they are fed, incubated, and finally, grow into muscle tissue – the main component of meat. Labs produce food products without these unhealthy ingredients (hormones, drugs, etc.)if the cells are taken from healthy, “clean” meat. Also, cultured meat can have a lower carbon footprint than traditional meat from live animals.
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