For the first time in history, a meat product grown in a lab has been cleared for human consumption by United States’ food regulators.
The US safety agency, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has given approval for cell-cultured chicken, after doing a “careful evaluation”, BBC reports.
It will be able to be sold to consumers after an inspection by the US Department of Agriculture.
The FDA said it used data and information provided by the company to reach its decision, and had “no further questions at this time”.
The firm’s founder and chief executive Uma Valeti said: “We started Upside amid a world full of sceptics, and today, we’ve made history again as the first company to receive a ‘No Questions Letter’ from the FDA for cultivated meat.”
Upside Foods will have a number of hurdles to clear before it can sell its products – for example, the facility where the product is made will need formal approval – but Mr Valeti called the news “a watershed moment in the history of food”.