Bene Meat Technologies signed open letter urging the EU to evaluate the safety of cultivated meat

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Cultivated Meat

Bene Meat Technologies Signs Open Letter Urging the EU to Review Italy’s Cultivated Meat Safety Concerns

Czech cultivated meat company Bene Meat Technologies has sent an open letter to the European Commission asking it to review Italy’s ban on cultivated meat due to safety concerns and its compliance with EU law.  The letter states that Italy’s ban on the technology was based on unfounded scientific claims about its safety, disregarding the EU’s standard food safety assessment mechanisms while violating the common market principle, posing a threat to EU interests. “The EU has a range of legislative instruments to ensure food safety, often directly applicable, and not requiring the adoption of standards at a national level,” argues Bene Meat Technologies. Factual scientific information The letter, signed on behalf the company’s team by CEO Roman Kříž, also notes that as an experienced company in cellular agriculture, …

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New report shows 42% of Japanese consumers would try cultivated meat,

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

New Report Finds 42% of Japanese Consumers Would Try Cultivated Meat, While 58% Are Not Familiar with Cell-Based Foods

APAC Society for Cellular Agriculture (APAC-SCA) has released a new report revealing that 42% of Japanese consumers are open to trying cultivated meat or seafood products, “as long as they have been proven safe.”  The report Prospect of Cultivated Meat & Seafood in Japan was commissioned by APAC-SCA and analyzed by Akira Igata, Project Lecturer at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo and Director of the Japan Association for Cellular Agriculture (JACA). The researchers surveyed 1,000 Japanese consumers in May 2023, aiming to gain insights into their perceptions and behavioral trends related to cultivated meat and seafood.  A strong emphasis on safety The findings show that 44% of respondents considered the presence of Japanese government regulations as the most important factor …

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FAO conducted a foresight exercise to explore and evaluate future safety issues of plant-based food products, precision fermentation, and 3D food printing.

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Are Plant-Based, Precision Fermentation, and 3D Printed Products Less Safe to Eat than Conventional Foods?

A recent meeting for food safety assessment on New Food Sources and Production Systems (NFPS) organized by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) conducted a foresight exercise to explore and evaluate future safety issues of plant-based, precision fermentation, and 3D printed food products. After the exercise and the evaluation of the current food safety standards, the meeting concluded that, in general, the food safety hazards of these NFPS are similar to those of conventional foods. However, they emphasize that new production and processing technologies can introduce unique conditions within a specific NFPS, requiring careful monitoring and consideration from a food safety standpoint. They also added that it was important always to consider the intended uses of final products when conducting safety assessments on …

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Dr. Mark Post is an expert consultant for FAO's report on food safety

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Cultivated, Cell-Cultured & Biotechnology

Food Safety Risks in Cultivated Meat Are Similar to Those of Conventional Meat, Concludes Mark Post For FAO Report

The FAO/WHO Scientific Advice Programme has officially launched a new publication entitled Food Safety Aspects of Cell-Based food. The report offers accurate information and scientific knowledge on cell-based food production to authorities in low- and middle-income countries, to enable them to take any necessary regulatory actions. Furthermore, they can benefit from the experiences of more developed countries by learning from their good practices in this field, explains FAO. Dr. Mark Post, CSO and co-founder of the Dutch company Mosa Meat, who in 2013, revealed the world’s first cultivated burger in London, served on FAO’s technical panel as a consultant expert for the report.  Since more than 100 companies, including Mosa Meat, are already developing cell-based food products ready for commercialization and will be awaiting approval soon, …

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Project Investigates Microbial Contaminants in 80+ Plant-Based Ingredients

A public-private consortium is studying the prevalence of microbial contaminants in a range of plant-based foods. Animal-free foods are now more widely consumed than ever, but there is a lack of research into relevant food safety issues. The consortium aims to address this by studying the types of contaminants in over 80 different plant-based ingredients. More specifically, the project will investigate which pathogens are found in plant-based foods, whether they can survive processing, and how much of a risk they pose. It is hoped that this will improve food safety and reduce waste. The consortium consists of NIZO Food Research, Wageningen University & Research, and HAS Green Academy, along with numerous companies including Ripple Foods, Coca-Cola, and Tetra Pak. Funding has been contributed by Topsector …

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The UN Food and Agriculture Organization Assesses Safety and Regulations of Cultivated Meat

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is now assessing important food safety and regulatory concerns regarding cultivated meat. The organization released several documents discussing food safety aspects of cultivated meat products, including language and terminologies, common production processes, and regulatory frameworks. Labeling and terminology The FAO points out that since cultivated meats represent an emerging commodity, the terminology used to describe its processes and products remain inconsistent. A literature review found the most common terms used by consumers and the industry are  “cell-based,” “cultivated,” and “cultured,” with some studies suggesting “cultivated” as the most appealing term.  Through its report, FAO aims to provide a basis for global policymakers to select consistent language for legislation and communication about cultivated meat. The organization also encourages …

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Esco Aster Becomes First Cultivated Meat Producer to Gain ISO 22000 Food Safety Cert

Singaporean company Esco Aster has received the stringent ISO 22000 food safety certification for its cultivated meat manufacturing facility. The company states it is the first in the sector to be awarded the certification. In September 2021, the company became the first manufacturing platform to obtain regulatory approval to develop and produce cultivated meat at commercial scale as a contract development and manufacturing organization. Scaling up Esco Aster has developed a platform called CellFarm-to-Table™, which will allow it to produce a variety of cultivated meat products. The company is also scaling up its operations, designing three trains of 6,000L bioreactors to bring its total manufacturing volume to 50,000L. Additionally, Esco Aster is working to lower the cost of cultivated meat production through strategies such as …

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