Advancements have been made in the religious labeling of cultivated meat products as leading Shariah scholars advise that cultivated meat can be halal, and a prominent kosher certification authority certifies cultivated meat for the first time.
The Orthodox Union Kosher, the world’s largest and most widely recognized kosher certification agency, has certified SuperMeat’s chicken as kosher Mehadrin meat, meeting the most stringent qualifications.
“Aligning our technology with kosher dietary laws holds immense significance for us. This step represents our commitment to inclusivity and respect for diverse dietary needs, making our cultivated chicken meat accessible to audiences around the world." - Ido Savir, CEO of SuperMeat
GOOD Meat also announced that after reviewing the processes and documentation behind its cultivated chicken, a group of well-respected Shariah scholars from Saudi Arabia have concluded that cultivated meat can be halal if the production meets certain criteria. While GOOD Meat’s cultivated chicken has regulatory approval for sale in the United States and Singapore, it is not yet halal.
“If cultivated meat is to help address our future food system needs, it has to be an option for the billions of people around the world who eat halal. This landmark ruling provides much needed clarity on how to ensure that is achieved. All companies should work to build a process to meet these guidelines.” - Josh Tetrick, CEO of GOOD Meat.
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