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California startup Upside Foods just overcame a major hurdle by bringing its lab-grown chicken to a sandwich shop near you. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a news release published Wednesday that the agency had completed its “first pre-market consultation of a cell-based human food.” cultivated animals”.
The FDA cleared Upside to continue creating meat products with its animal cell culture technology. Although the company still needs approval to sell its lab-grown chicken (or seafood or meat), the FDA has concluded by looking at how Upside produces its meat that it is safe to eat. The agency does not question his safety.
This is a major step forward for producers of cultured meat from cultured cells. Upside Foods founder Uma Valeti said in a statement that the company has “made history… as the first company to receive a ‘No Questions Asked’ letter from the FDA for cultured meat.”
“This milestone marks a big step into a new era in meat production,” Valeti said, “and I’m delighted that American consumers will soon have the opportunity to eat delicious meat grown directly from animal cells.”
However, Upside Foods still has another major milestone to go: receiving permission to sell its product. In addition to FDA approval, the company also needs approval from the Food Safety and Inspection Service, which is part of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).