Today it is being announced that cultivated meat and seafood can soon be taste tested under limited conditions in The Netherlands. The Dutch government, in collaboration with cultivated meat producers Meatable and Mosa Meat and sector representative HollandBIO, successfully created a ‘code of practice’ that would make tastings possible in controlled environments.
This historic agreement makes the Netherlands the first country in the European Union to make pre-approval tastings of food grown directly from animal cells possible, even before an EU novel food approval. It follows on the heels of the government’s ‘National Growth Fund’ committing €60M to build a robust cellular agriculture ecosystem to make the Netherlands a global hub for the burgeoning technology. The organization created to implement the National Growth Fund plan, Cellular Agriculture Netherlands, will have responsibility for implementing the code of practice, including hiring a panel of experts to evaluate requests by companies to conduct tastings of cultivated meat and seafood.
The code of practice was created after an intervention by the Dutch House of Representatives in 2022. A motion sponsored by members Tjeerd de Groot (D66) and Peter Valstar (VVD) requested that the government enter into consultations with Dutch cellular agriculture producers to enable pre-approval tastings under controlled and safe conditions. The motion passed by 14 of 17 voting political parties including VVD, BBB, CDA, D66, Christen Unie, PvdA, GroenLinks, PvdD, SP and more.
Krijn de Nood, CEO at Meatable:
“This is great news for the Netherlands. We know cultivated meat can significantly help reduce climate impact. By enabling the tasting of cultivated meat, The Netherlands maintains its pioneering role in Europe and beyond. For Meatable, this means that we can allow consumers to taste and experience our products, and make our products even better with their feedback. Our goal is to make tasty cultivated meat that is indistinguishable from traditional meat available to everyone, without harming people, animals or our planet. This development brings that goal closer. We thank the ministries for their constructive collaboration and look forward to invite the first people to try our sausages, dumplings, and pulled pork!”
Maarten Bosch, CEO of Mosa Meat shared:
“This is a great achievement for the Dutch government and another proof point that the Netherlands is a global leader in agriculture and food innovation. We thank all 127 members of the Tweede Kamer who voted in favor of finding a way to make this possible and Minister Kuipers, Minister Adema and their teams for being professional and collaborative in getting it done. Mosa Meat will use these controlled tastings to gather invaluable feedback on our products and to educate key stakeholders about the role cellular agriculture can play in helping Europe meet our food sovereignty and sustainability goals.”
Thu 25 Jan 2024
Toonaangevende Nederlandse kweekvlees en -vis producenten Meatable, Mosa Meat en Upstream Foods, zijn verheugd over het nieuws dat de Nederlandse overheid een onafhankelijke commissie van deskundigen heeft aangekondigd om proeverijen van gecultiveerd voedsel te evalueren. De commissie - die bestaat uit een toxicoloog, microbioloog, arts en een ethisch deskundige - zal verzoeken van bedrijven beoordelen om proeverijen van gekweekt voedsel in gecontroleerde omgevingen uit te voeren. Een belangrijke stap voorwaarts om proeverijen in Europa mogelijk te maken. Nu het comité is aangekondigd, kunnen de bedrijven hun dossiers ter goedkeuring indienen voor het houden van proeverijen. Een laatste horde voor het houden van de eerste goedgekeurde proeverijen van gecultiveerd vlees en -vis in Europa.
Thu 25 Jan 2024
Leading Dutch cultivated meat and seafood companies Meatable, Mosa Meat, and Upstream Foods are welcoming the news that the Dutch Government has announced its independent Expert Committee to evaluate cultivated meat tastings. The committee, which includes a toxicologist, microbiologist, physician and an ethical expert, will evaluate requests by companies to conduct tastings of cultivated meat and seafood in controlled environments, a significant step forward to enabling tastings in Europe. Now the Committee has been announced, the companies can submit their dossiers to request approval to hold tastings, a final hurdle ahead of holding the first approved cultivated meat and seafood tastings in Europe.
Tue 03 Oct 2023
Meatable has held a full tasting experience of its cultivated pork meat products in Singapore on September 27th. The tasting of its flagship sausages and pulled pork allows the company to collect valuable feedback from the press and relevant stakeholders in order to further develop, optimize and launch its products in restaurants and supermarkets, with a view to have them on sale in 2024.