Cell-cultured meat may soon be available in the United States as an alternative to conventional meat. Companies manufacturing cell-cultured meat say it’s an environmentally friendly, safer alternative to meat raised on farms. However, not much is known about the risks and benefits of this new food product.
- Cell-cultured meat is grown in a laboratory, not on a farm like conventional meat.
- Lab-grown meat has gained more attention after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced UPSIDE Foods, a company that makes these products, met the agency’s safety requirements.
- Although cell-cultured meat is considered “real” because it’s grown from cells retrieved from an animal, little information exists about its risks and benefits.
- Still, lab-grown meat companies plan to market their products as soon as they meet the required approvals from government food safety agencies.
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