Good Meat, a California-based cultivated meat company and subsidiary of the vegan egg brand Eat Just, recently welcomed representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to its facilities. This visit took place just a few months after Good Meat received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its cultivated chicken, which is grown from real animal cells in bioreactors.
According to a LinkedIn post by Eat Just, Sanah Baig, the USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, visited their headquarters to observe the production process of both their vegan egg products and cultivated chicken. During the visit, Baig, accompanied by Ilya Sheyman, the CEO of The Good Food Institute, a non-profit think tank focused on alternative proteins, also had the opportunity to sample Good Meat's cultivated meat.
In the LinkedIn post, Eat Just expressed gratitude for the collaborative efforts of the US government and advocacy groups such as The Good Food Institute. They acknowledged the importance of ensuring a safe, secure, and environmentally sustainable food system for the future.
In March, Good Meat achieved a significant milestone by becoming the second cultivated meat startup, following Upside Foods, to receive a "no questions" letter from the FDA. This accomplishment brought them closer to making their products available for sale. However, there are still necessary steps and requirements that the brand must fulfill before their products can be found on store shelves or restaurant menus in the United States.
One of these crucial steps is obtaining a mark of inspection and label approval from the USDA. While the exact timeline for this achievement remains uncertain, the recent LinkedIn post suggests that the brand may be making progress towards reaching this milestone. As they continue their journey, Good Meat is working diligently to meet the necessary requirements and move closer to offering their products to consumers.