By 2040 the projected value share of cultured meat will reach 35% of worldwide meat consumption (Kearney 2020).
Consumers, producers, and governments increasingly recognise the need to move away from animal products and the benefits of investing in alternative proteins.
For example, a recent survey of French, German, Italian and Spanish consumers found that:
64% of consumers believe we must find alternatives to conventional meat.
62% had heard of cultivated meat.
53% would be willing to buy cultivated meat if it were available. (GFI 2022)
In the UK, 78% of consumers had heard of cultivated meat, and 35% were willing to try it (Food Standards Agency 2022).
Cultivated meat has many benefits. It produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than farmed meat, is cruelty-free, and does not use antibiotics.
However, regulation remains a crucial barrier to scaling up the industry.
“Regulation of Cultivated Meat & Recombinant Proteins in the United Kingdom Recommendations for Ensuring Safety and Embracing Innovation” is a new paper from the Alternative Proteins Association.
It identifies the specific challenges, solutions and opportunities for innovators in the UK.
The authors argue that by capitalising on its regulatory independence from the EU and adopting the following recommendations, the UK is ideally positioned to be a European leader in novel food technologies.
The authors outlined 12 recommendations for the UK government. They categorised them as follows:
Immediate action can be taken by:
Measures that can be taken to improve regulations on alternative proteins further:
Regulation that embraces innovation in food technology is essential to combat the resource-intensive issues of current food systems.
For example, in November, a landmark announcement from the FDA approved lab-grown chicken made by Upside Foods for human consumption.
They continue the momentum of Singapore, the first country to approve the commercial sale of cultivated meat.
Adopting progressive regulation on alternative proteins could:
Multus creates key ingredients for the affordable scaleup of cultivated meat, using ISO 22000 certified ‘food safe’ manufacturing methods.
Our goal is to make cultivated meat an affordable and sustainable choice for everyone.
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