A new trade group called the Alliance for Meat, Poultry & Seafood Innovation (AMPS Innovation) has been formed by five companies looking to bring cell-based, cultured meat, poultry and seafood to America’s retailers and restaurants
The new alliance said it is focused on educating consumers, policymakers and industry stakeholders about cell-based cultured meats and advocating for a “clear path to market” from regulators for their meat products, which are grown outside the animal, directly from animal cells.
Founding member companies include BlueNalu and Finless Foods, makers of cell-based/cultured seafood; and Fork & Goode and JUST, makers of cell-based/cultured meat and poultry; and Memphis Meats, which is making cell-based/cultured meat, poultry and seafood. All the companies are currently in the R&D phase but “expect to make products available in the next several years.”
“Over the past few years, each member company has made significant strides in the development of our products, and we are excited at the prospect that they will soon be options in the everyday diets of individuals. We are committed to an open and science-based dialogue with all stakeholders, including industry partners, policymakers, advocates and consumers,” the group said in a statement. “As we look ahead to the imminent challenges of feeding a growing population, AMPS Innovation is dedicated to working together, in partnership with the broader agricultural community, to advance solutions to address these needs.”
In the coming months, AMPS Innovation said it intends to engage policymakers and stakeholders to educate them on their products in addition to working with Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration as they continue to build out a regulatory framework for meat, poultry and seafood that is grown directly from animal cells.