FDA approves first cell-cultivated animal protein product for human consumption

Cultivated meat being grown in a lab.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a cell-cultured animal protein for human consumption for the first time.

On 15 November, 2022, the FDA issued a “No Questions” letter for a cell-based chicken product made by Berkeley, California, U.S.A.-based Upside Foods. The letter essentially clears the company, which produces lab-grown meat, poultry, and seafood direct from animal cells, to sell its chicken products commercially in the United States.

In a press release, the FDA said it is ready to work with other developers of cultured animal cell food and productions to ensure their safety and suitability for public consumption under the U.S. Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

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