What In The FDA Are Lab-Grown Meats? Read It Before You Eat It.

What Are Lab-Grown Meats?

Lab-grown-meats have arrived and they are here to stay! Lab meat or “fake meat” as many call them, has been the talk of the town since the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved the sale of lab-grown chicken meat in June 2023. This has caused quite a stir across the nation.. 

Many people across social media have expressed their disapproval of lab created meats made. However, in this blog, I will answer some of the questions many have been asking: What in the FDA is Lab-grown meat and are they really  safe to eat?

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The rise in global demand for sustainability and ethical food practices has given birth to the development of innovative alternatives to traditional meat production. 

One such groundbreaking solution is lab-grown meat also known as cultured or cell-based meat. 

This developing food technology offers the potential to revolutionize the food industry and address issues such as environmental degradation, concerns about animal welfare, and food insecurity.

Before we get into how this FDA-approved lab meat is produced, let us first define lab meats.  

 

Unlike traditional farm-raised meat, Lab-grown meat is basically created by Scientists in a controlled laboratory environment without raising and slaughtering animals.

The cells of chicken, for example, are extracted and replicated by mimicking the normal growth process that occurs naturally within animals, resulting in edible lab meat products. 

Special care is taken during the processing of lab meats. Through special controlled environmental conditions such as pH, temperature, and oxygen, the extracted cells grow to form muscle fibers creating meat-like tissue. 

Step 1: Cell Extraction: 

Biopsy techniques are used to extract cells from living animals without harming them. These cells are strategically removed and isolated based on their ability to multiply and grow. 

Step 2: Cell Culture: 

Once the cells are isolated, they are placed in a medium that provides the animal cells with essential nutrients, growth factors needed for growth which eventually develop into tissues resembling the muscle or flesh of a chicken.

Step 3: Cell Alignment: 

To achieve a meat-like texture, Scientists create matrices made from natural or synthetic materials. They provide support for the cells to grow, align and form muscle fibers. Think of a lattice fence that provides a platform for the grape vines to run and grow on.

Step 4: Maturation of Cells: 

In this step, the animal cells follow the same natural muscle development as in the animal’s body. 

For animals such as cows or chickens to naturally build muscle, it requires movement and neurological impulses.

To achieve this same muscle-building process, Scientist in the laboratory introduces electrical or mechanical stimulation to growing tissue in order to promote the alignment and maturation of muscle fibers.

Step 5: Meat Harvesting: 

Once the lab-grown meat reaches its full stage of development, it is harvested and processed.

This step involves the separation of the grown mature meat from the cell culture. 

Specialized ingredients are added to create a final product that closely resembles real meat.

Lab Grown meats in the United States are governed by Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This governing body oversees the safety and labeling of these lab meat products ensuring that they meet the same standards that are applied to other food products.

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While many individuals in the United States do not trust the FDA, they assure consumers that manufacturing companies that make foods from cultured animal cells are safe and lawful under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. 

The FDA further wrote that it is the manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure that they are producing foods that are in compliance with all FDA requirements.

Lab meats are new to consumers and it may be too soon to learn about any adverse effects or major safety concerns. 

Normal meat (Beef, Chicken, Fish, Pork) production over the years had many health and safety concerns and lab meat may be no different.

What Are Lab-Grown Meats?

I believe lab-grown meat manufacturing is the future of food industry. Meat made in the laboratory is said to have a number of potential benefits.

 Lab meats may potentially reduce or eliminate the need to raise livestock. Consequently, they can reduce the environmental impacts associated with farm-raised livestock such as chickens and cows. 

These include the use of land space, water consumption, and green gas emission all of which can contribute to environmental preservation. 

Furthermore, lab meats do not require the use of antibiotics or hormones addressing the concerns related to consumer food safety and public health.

Lab Grown Meat Approved In The US

Final thoughts

Lab-grown meats are a game-changer in food technology, with the potential to transform meat production, address environmental concerns, and fulfill the growing demand for sustainable protein sources.

The FDA’s stringent approval procedure protects the safety and quality of these cutting-edge goods, ensuring customers that lab-grown meats are a viable and trustworthy alternative to traditionally farmed meat. 

Lab-grown meats may play a major role in determining the future of our global food system, enabling a more sustainable and ethical approach to meat consumption as research and development progresses.

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32 thoughts on “What In The FDA Are Lab-Grown Meats? Read It Before You Eat It.”

  1. I had no idea this was a thing! I’m interested to see if it becomes widely available. I think I’ll wait a while on it. Thanks for keeping us informed.

  2. I’ve seen this in the news lately. Very interesting. My parents are vegetarians for animal welfare reasons, but I’ve never been able to give up meat. Now if this works, I may not have to!

  3. That’s a very intersting read! In Europe we do not yet this (I think), but I think you are right about the future. We need to stop eating so much meat to help the planet. I’m curious to try it!

    1. Lisa, I love to try lab grown meat, just to say I have experienced it. but eating a whole meal made of lab chicken is kinda weird. But it may eventually grow on us someday.

  4. This is so interesting! Not sure if I would try it but it’s revolutionary in terms of technology! Thanks for sharing!

  5. This takes some getting used to. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be, but definitely for now I’m sticking to the naturally reared meat. Thanks for sharing; it made me aware of this new practice.

  6. I’ve heard a bit of this in the news lately. My sister is a vegetarian for the treatment of animals and ethical reasons – I’ll send this her way. I think she’ll find this quite interesting!

  7. This is very interesting. At first when I saw lab-grown meats I was thinking “nope”. But reading your article about the benefits it has on the environment has made me reevaluate my thoughts. Thanks for sharing this!

  8. Thanks for covering this topic. I am not too sure about consuming lab grown meat myself. I am sticking with grass fed, free-roam for now. lol However, I think if anything happens, I do agree that lab-grown meat may become the future.

  9. Interesting – it’s great they’re finding sustainable ways to grow meat without hurting animals! It’s a good thing in my opinion but I feel bad for farmers who have struggled so much over the last few years. I wonder if this will drive the price of real meat up?

    Corinne x

    1. Interesting perspective, Corinne. Didn’t give much thought to the impact lab-grown meat will potentially have on farmers. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

  10. The entire blog looks really great I’m thankful to be heard of such info today I am looking forward to more such blogs and I would love to appreciate your work.

  11. Very interesting article. I can def see the benefits. But as with anything new, I am a little nervous to try still. Might be the only thing available in a few years time. But thank you for the break-down. I have learnt a lot. Thank you. x

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