GOOD Meat chicken breast

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Cultivated Meat

Islamic Scholars Declare That Cultivated Meat Can Be Halal

A group of leading Islamic scholars has declared that cultivated meat can be halal, provided it meets specific production criteria. This announcement comes from GOOD Meat, a subsidiary of Eat Just, Inc., which introduced cultivated meat to US consumers after receiving full USDA approval only a few months ago. The ruling comes just a week after SuperMeat’s cultivated chicken received kosher certification from OU Kosher, one of the world’s leading kosher certification agencies. “This is a positive development for the cultivated meat industry,” said Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of OU Kosher. “It shows that cultivated meat can be produced in a way that is consistent with Jewish law.” Halal criteria established by scholars The ruling was issued by three Shariah scholars from Saudi Arabia: Sheikh …


Aleph Farms' commercial cultivated beef steak prototype

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Cultivated Meat

Aleph Farms Expands Production Capacity in Israel and Singapore for Cultivated Beef Steaks

Aleph Farms, which claims to be the first company to grow cultivated meat from non-modified cells, has announced strategic manufacturing agreements that will allow the company to scale and further commercialize its cultivated beef steaks in Israel and Singapore. “Israel and Singapore are the first two markets where we intend to launch our cultivated thin-cut steak. Building up production capacity quickly in those locations while keeping capital investment lean provides a clear roadmap to scalability,” said Didier Toubia, CEO and co-founder of Aleph Farms. Both countries are motivated by similar concerns around sustainability, food security, and animal welfare and have been actively fomenting the development and growth of their alt protein industry. Producing in Israel Aleph Farms has announced acquiring a manufacturing facility in Modi’in, Israel, …


aleph farm's cultivated meat

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Company News

Chief Rabbi of Israel Rules Aleph Farms’ Cultivated Steak as Kosher

Cultivated meat company Aleph Farms announces that Israel’s Chief Rabbi, Rabbi David Baruch Lau, has ruled its cultivated steak to be kosher, meaning it is permitted for consumption by Jews under religious law. According to the food tech, this is the first time such an authority in Judaism has decided on cultivated meat. Aleph Farms, which focuses on growing steaks directly from non-genetically engineered animal cells, says it is still working with local rabbinic authorities to receive kosher certification for its Rehovot-based production facility. Intersection of tradition and innovation Didier Toubia, Aleph Farms’ Co-Founder and CEO, said: “This ruling is meaningful not only for Aleph Farms as a company but also for the entire cultivated meat industry. It sets a foundation for an inclusive public discourse about …


The Halal Shack Impossible Foods

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Food & Beverage

Impossible Foods Announces Partnership with The Halal Shack to Serve Halal Certified Afghan-Inspired Cuisine

Impossible Foods has announced its latest national restaurant partner, The Halal Shack. Impossible Foods’ ingredients and manufacturing practices are halal-compliant and adhere to Islamic dietary laws. The plant-based burger company received its certification from the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America in December 2018. 


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Fairs & Events

UAE Brand Healthy Farm Intends to Promote Veganism With Updated Portfolio and Convert 500,000 Consumers

Healthy Farm, an award winning frozen food brand which belongs to Middle Eastern manufacturers Global Food Industries (GFI), part of Albatha Group, announces an ambitious plan to convert more than 500,000 health-consumers with an expanded plantbased portfolio showcasing at this week’s Gulfood 2020 event in Dubai.