Upside Foods, a Berkeley, Calif.-based processor of cultivated meat, poultry and seafood, has been granted approval from the USDA for its cell-cultivated chicken, putting it one step away in the regulatory review process from beginning commercial production and sale of the product.
Having obtained the “cell-cultivated chicken” label approval, Upside is now working with USDA to obtain a Grant of Inspection (GOI) for the company’s Engineering, Production and Innovation Center (EPIC), at which point the pre-market regulatory process for its cell-cultivated chicken will be complete. In addition, after the GOI is secured, Upside’s chicken products will bear the USDA mark of inspection on the packaging.
Once Upside is able to sell its product, the company expects to launch the cultivated chicken in limited quantities through select restaurant partners, according to a company release. Upside also shared that it is continuing to work with FDA and USDA to develop and bring more consumer products to market, including sausages, nuggets and dumplings.