The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved lab-grown cultivated chicken products by GOOD Meat, a new brand from the food technology company Eat Just, Inc.
The company is committed to “making sustainable, safe meat from animal cells instead of slaughtered animals.”
The lab-grown cultivated meat is made from animal cells that are provided nutrients, grown in steel vats, and then processed into various cuts of meat.
In a March 20 letter from the FDA, the administration issued a “no questions” response to the company’s first pre-market consultation.
“We have no questions at this time regarding GOOD Meat’s conclusion that foods comprised of or containing cultured chicken cell material [are] as safe as comparable foods produced by other methods,” the FDA stated.
On Tuesday, in response to the FDA’s clearance, GOOD Meat wrote, “The letter means that following a careful and rigorous evaluation, the FDA has accepted the company’s conclusion that its first poultry product, cultivated chicken, is safe to eat.”
The company noted that it is a “crucial step” in bringing the product to restaurants and retail stores in the country.
GOOD Meat’s chicken product was previously approved for sale in Singapore and is available in some restaurants. According to the company, 70% of those who tried its chicken product in Singapore have stated that it tasted as good or better than conventional chicken.
Next, GOOD Meat will work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to obtain the remaining necessary approval before debuting its lab-grown products at a Washington, D.C., restaurant with world-renowned chef José Andrés.
Josh Tetrick, the co-founder and CEO of GOOD Meat and Eat Just, stated, “Since Singapore approved GOOD Meat for sale, we knew this moment was next. I am so proud to bring this new way of making meat to my country and to do it with a hero of mine, Chef José Andrés.”
Andrés reacted to the news by stating that the “future of our planet depends on how we feed ourselves.”
“We have a responsibility to look beyond the horizon for smarter, sustainable ways to eat. GOOD Meat is doing just that, pushing the boundary on innovative new solutions, and I’m excited for everyone to taste the result,” he said.
GOOD Meat is the second cultivated meat company in recent months to receive FDA clearance. In November, the FDA approved UPSIDE Foods, a company backed by Bill Gates that created the “world’s first cultivated beef meatball, chicken, and duck,” according to its website.
UPSIDE Foods’ first product to go to market was its chicken filet. The company is also working on creating lab-grown breakfast sausages and chicken patties.
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