Cultivated meat has received final approval to enter the U.S. market, as the USDA has issued grants of inspection to Upside Foods and Eat Just’s Good Meat.
Both companies, based in California, will debut their cell-cultivated chicken products at restaurants run by famed chefs: Dominique Crenn will serve Upside Foods’ chicken at Bar Crenn in San Francisco, California, and José Andrés will offer Eat Just’s Good Meat chicken at one of his restaurants in Washington, D.C.
These are the first two cultivated meat companies to go through the U.S. government’s process to obtain full approval, which included approvals from both the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Until now, Eat Just was the only company in the world that could sell cultivated meat, having received approval in Singapore in 2020. However, this is the first approval in a major market.