GOOD Meat, the cultivated meat division of Eat Just, Inc., has received a “no questions” letter from the FDA for its first poultry product, cultivated chicken. The letter indicates that the FDA has evaluated and accepted the company’s conclusion that its chicken is safe for consumption. As a result, the company is now working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for necessary approvals before offering its chicken to customers at a restaurant in Washington, D.C. The restaurant belongs to the world-renowned chef and humanitarian José Andrés, who is the chef/owner of José Andrés Group, which operates over 30 restaurants across the United States.
The company won several regulatory approvals for its chicken in Singapore, and it remains the only cultivated meat producer in the world with the ability to sell to consumers. According to consumer research conducted by a leading global management consulting firm on behalf of GOOD Meat, 70% of Singaporeans who tried its cultivated chicken said it tasted better than conventional chicken. Furthermore, almost 90% of those diners said they would substitute conventional chicken with cultivated chicken. “Since Singapore approved GOOD Meat for sale, we knew this moment was next. I am so proud to bring this new way of making meat to my country and do it with my hero, Chef José Andrés,” said Josh Tetrick, co-founder and CEO of GOOD Meat and Eat.