Steakholder Foods has announced that it has received a feasibility report from the Mérieux NutriSciences group concerning its proprietary, plant-based, 3D-printed whitefish and steak.
The report concludes that the products’ raw materials are permitted for use in plant-based substitutes, acheiving Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status, and should be considered to be safe for use in the United Arab Emirates.
In addition to the safety status of Steakholder Foods’ ingredients, the report found that as the 3D-printing process does not change the structure or composition of the materials used, the resulting product is unlikely to be classed as a novel food and should rather be subject to conventional approval processes.
Steakholder Foods also announced plans to construct a large-scale production facility in the UAE.
Arik Kaufman, Steakholder Foods’ CEO, said: “While our cultivated and hybrid offerings are expected to be classified as novel foods, we expect that our initial plant-based, 3D-printed products will obtain regulatory approval on a more conventional and expedited basis. We plan to engage with UAE regulatory authorities for approval in conjunction with our planned first-of-its-kind large-scale production facility in the Persian Gulf region, with a view to commercialising our first products while expanding regulatory approval and commercialisation across the globe.”
In addition to beginning work on the Gulf production facility, Steakholder Foods is working to execute revenue-general commercialisation agreements in further regions in 2024.