( Natural News ) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently declared lab-grown meat from a California-based company safe for human consumption .
In a Nov. 16 press release , the regulator announced that it has granted artificial chicken products from Berkeley, California-based UPSIDE Foods the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) designation. Formerly known as Memphis Meats, UPSIDE Foods makes cell-cultured chicken fillets by harvesting cells from live animals and growing them in stainless steel tanks.
“Before this food can enter the market, the facility in which it is made also needs to meet applicable U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and FDA requirements. In addition to the FDA’s requirements, including facility registration for the cell culture portion, the manufacturing establishment needs a grant of inspection from USDA-Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for the harvest and post-harvest portions and the product itself requires a USDA mark of inspection,” the FDA stated.
According to the regulator, it had reviewed data from the company and “had no further questions at this time about the firm’s safety conclusion.”
“The world is experiencing a food revolution and [the FDA] is committed to supporting innovation in the food supply . We are already engaged in discussion with multiple firms about various types of products made from cultured animal cells, including those made from seafood cells.”
“We are thrilled at [the] FDA’s announcement,” said UPSIDE Foods Communications Director David Kay. “UPSIDE Foods is ushering in a new era in meat production with this ‘no questions’ letter, and this historic step paves the way for our path to market in the United States. Cultivated meat has never been closer to the U.S. market than it is today.”
UPSIDE Foods Vice President of Regulatory and Public Policy Eric Schulze, meanwhile, said : “Since our earliest days, our top priority has been […]
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