From an expert panel arguing that lab-grown meat produced through cellular agriculture can be labeled as kosher and halal as long as it adheres to religious standards in cell sourcing and production methods. It has gained significant support.
This development is significant because it opens the door to the possibility for adherents of Judaism and Islam to consume lab-grown meat products in the future.
Kosher food is food that complies with Kashrut (dietary laws), the Jewish dietary regulations.law of kashrut Applies to foods of biological origin, and kosher foods are limited to certain types of mammals, birds, and fish that meet certain criteria. Meat from animals that do not meet these standards is prohibited by dietary laws.
The recognition from these expert panels is a positive milestone for the emerging cultured meat industry as it seeks to expand its presence and access.
Cultured meat is currently available in limited quantities in the United States and Singapore. But industry players are optimistic that with increased investment from both private and public sources, they can scale up production and impact diets on a global scale.
Cultured meat is fundamentally different from traditionally produced meat. It is produced from animal cells grown in a nutrient-rich solution in a controlled environment such as a steel vat. This method eliminates the need for resource-intensive industrial agriculture and traditional slaughterhouses, and aligns with the values of vegan, vegetarian, and environmentally conscious meat consumers.
GOOD Meat, one of the prominent companies in this field, has worked with a committee of three Sharia experts to state that cultured meat can be considered halal as long as certain conditions are met. I decided that.
These conditions include the requirement that cells used in meat production must originate from animals slaughtered according to Islamic law. Although Good Meat’s chicken does not currently meet this standard, the ruling provides a roadmap for the industry to develop halal-compliant products in the future.
Additionally, the Orthodox Union (OU), the largest kosher certification body, recently deemed farmed chicken produced by Israeli company Supermeat to be compliant.
This certification is based on the fact that the chicken cells are taken from fertilized eggs before blood stains appear and do not contain any animal-derived components. SuperMeat is currently working with the OU to establish broader industry guidelines.
Both kosher and halal dietary restrictions are followed by millions of people in the United States, making these certifications important for market access. More than 12 million people in the United States consume kosher products and 8 million consume halal products, according to the Orthodox Union and halal certification agency American Islamic Services.
Additionally, U.S. regulators have approved the consumption of farmed chicken, and some high-end restaurants are already including it on their menus. As the lab-grown meat industry continues to develop and gain acceptance, it has the potential to address dietary and sustainability issues while catering to the preferences and requirements of different consumer segments.