The United States FDA approved the human consumption of meat.
The authorization was obtained by Upside Foods, a US company that makes its meat using animal cell culture technology to take live cells from chickens and grow them in a controlled environment.
“The world is experiencing a food revolution and the FDA is committed to supporting innovation in the food supply,” FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf and Director of the Center for Food Safety said in a statement. and FDA Applied Nutrition, Susan Mayne.
Thus, Upside Foods has become the first company in the world to receive the green light from a regulatory agency, which means that it has approved the production process and confirmed that its farmed chicken is safe for consumption.
The FDA study includes an evaluation of the company’s production process and the cultured cell material manufactured by the production process, including the establishment of cell lines and cell banks, manufacturing controls, and all components and supplies.
In addition to meeting FDA requirements, including facility registration for the cell culture portion of the process, the business will need an inspection grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS, for its acronym in English) for the manufacture of the product.
The food itself requires a USDA-FSIS mark of inspection before it can enter the US market.
The FDA has advanced that, as the entry of this product into the US market approaches, it will ensure that “it is properly regulated and labeled.”
These animal cell meat products, however, are not yet formally approved by the FDA.
“Voluntary premarket consultation is not an approval process. Instead, it means that after our careful evaluation of the data and information shared by the company, we have no further questions at this time about the company’s security conclusion.”