The lab-grown future of food has begun today as two California companies—Upside Foods and Eat Just—received final approval from the United States Department of Agriculture to begin hawking lab-grown chicken
Inferior Foods and Just eat the news was announced in individual press releases, after each company’s USDA approval labels earlier this month. That regulatory rubber stamp means that both brands can start commercial production of the synthetic chicken. Eat Just is the company behind the popular Just Egg, a realistic egg substitute that is completely vegan, and for sale. lab-grown poultry under the Good Meat brand. Good Meat also received clearance from the FDA for human-made meat in March.
“I am pleased to share that cultured beef is now available to US consumers,” said Upside Foods CEO and Founder Uma Valeti in the company’s press release. “This approval will fundamentally change how meat makes it to our table. It’s a huge step toward a more sustainable future—one that preserves choice and life.”
The Federal Meat Inspection Act and Poultry Products Inspection Act area inspectors in the slaughterhouses of any company that sells meat products to the masses, but according to Good Meat, these inspectors will be assigned to facilities behind lab-grown protein for the first time. Both companies use a LIKE COMEwhich involves taking cells from live chickens and growing them in a lab while feeding them sugar, amino acids, and vitamins along the way.
“This announcement that we can now produce and sell cultured beef in the United States is a significant moment for our company, industry and food system,” said Good Meat co-founder and CEO Josh Tetrick in the company’s press release. . “We have been the only company to sell cultured beef anywhere in the world since we launched in Singapore in 2020, and are now approved for sale to consumers in the world’s largest economy.”
Upside Foods announced that the company is processing its first order for human-made meat, which was placed in the three Michelin-stars Chef Dominique Crenn. The company also stated in their release that its chicken will be launched nationwide, but in limited quantities and through partner restaurants. Similarly, Good Meat sold its first batch to Chef José Andrés—who owns 30 restaurants—with an unknown restaurant in Washington DC getting the company’s first slab of protein.