Good Meat’s cultured chickens have been sold in Singapore since late 2020. Now, the company has announced that it has cleared all regulatory hurdles in the U.S. and will soon be offering its product at a restaurant in Washington, D.C.
Announced yesterday (June 21) to receive full clearance from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), it means Good Meat is considered safe to eat and can now be shipped across state lines across the country. The USDA’s approval dovetails with that of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) four months ago.
The license also means Good Meat will be regulated by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service under the terms of the Federal Meat Inspection Act. The agency typically places inspectors inside slaughterhouses, but in the case of Good Meat, the inspectors will be in the company’s labs where the meat is grown.
Good Meat is the cultured meat division of food technology company Eat Just, Inc. It starts by harvesting cells from eggs or live animals through a painless process to produce chicken. These cells are then “immortalized,” meaning they can keep dividing and producing more meat without the need for supplementation. These cells are grown in bioreactors and kept at the ideal temperature and given the nutrients they need to grow. After four to six weeks, the meat is harvested.
So where can you buy lab-grown chicken in the US?
There is still some secrecy surrounding the issue, but the company has announced that the first batch of Good Meat will be sold to respected chef and humanitarian José Andrés, who will one of his restaurants in Washington DC. While that narrows the field down a bit, Andres owns nine restaurants in the country’s capital, ranging from fine dining restaurants to food trucks, so it’s still anyone’s guess where farmed chickens will show up first.
If the US market follows Singapore’s lead, though, it won’t be long before the chicken becomes widely available — That It has been found everywhere in the country, from food stalls to fine dining restaurants.
“American consumers are now closer than ever to eating the real meat they love, which uses far less land and water than traditionally produced meat,” said Bruce Friedrich )explain. good food institute, a nonprofit think tank focused on alternative protein sources. “As we face a future of growing global meat demand, it is critical that governments around the world prioritize cultivated meat as a solution to meet consumer preferences, support climate goals and ensure food security for future generations.”
source: good meat