Cultured chicken has been approved in a few world markets, but Israel’s Aleph Farms claims to have gotten the world’s first approval to sell cultured beef, compliments of Israel’s Health Ministry.
According to the Times of Israel on Wednesday (Jan. 17), the country’s health ministry approved Aleph’s cultured beef after a pilot program for alternative protein was carried out by the Dept. of Food Risk Management at the ministry’s National Food Service. It said that in light of the growing global demand for “products of non-living origin” it is working to approve alternative food sources.
Although the development was just reported this week, Aleph Farms said the ministry in December issued it a “no questions” letter for its Aleph Cuts brand, meaning the product is recognized as safe.
Cultured chicken has been approved for sale in Singapore since December 2020, and U.S. regulators last June approved chicken products from both Upside Foods and Good Meat, but Israel becomes the first country to OK beef grown from cells.
The company still faces a bureaucratic process before the products are available for purchase, the Times of Israel noted. It hopes to roll out its Black Angus Petit Steak later this year, according to Hebrew media reports.
Yoav Reisler, senior marketing and communications manager at Aleph Farms, told the Green Queen website that the plan is to introduce Aleph Cuts to diners “offering exclusive tasting experiences curated in collaboration with select partners.”