Israeli company Aleph Farms is the first to 3D print a ribeye steak using proprietary bioprinting technology and cultured animal cells. Pieces of the cultivated meat could be sold for $ 50 each, but only after FDA approval.
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But Aleph Farms is not reinventing the wheel. Like other companies, Aleph Farms starts its farmed meat with a decoded vegetable scaffold – basically a steak-shaped blob of vegetable stripped of its cells and DNA. Decellularization is essential for meat production, and the process could aid in the growth of human organs or remove the DNA from transplanted organs to prevent rejection.
Alt meat has only grown in popularity since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but lab-grown meat is still not available outside of Singapore and a few other countries. Although the FDA has a regulatory framework for the sale of cultured meat, no laboratory meat has been approved for sale in the United States. Like farmed meat, the FDA must monitor the growth of farmed meat to protect public health, and oversee the labeling of farmed meat to ensure that customers are not confused about the origin of the food.
Fortunately, companies like Aleph Farms expect FDA approval in the next two years. Aleph CEO Didier Toubia says the company is in constant talks with the FDA, and that while bringing the operation to global scale will take a long time, the lab-grown ribeye could be on sale before the end of 2022.
Source: Aleph Farms via Washington Post