Five leading food technology companies recently formed the Alliance for Meat, Poultry & Seafood Innovation (AMPS Innovation), a coalition that aims to advance the cellular agriculture industry—which involves creating real meat from animal cells without the need to slaughter animals. The founding members of the coalition are cell-based seafood companies BlueNalu and Finless Foods and cell-based meat makers Fork & Goode, JUST, and Memphis Meats. Together, AMPS Innovation aims to tackle obstacles presented in the cellular agriculture industry and move toward getting their products to the consumer faster through proper regulatory frameworks and with transparency in mind.
“The AMPS Innovation was founded on a desire for members of our industry to come together and speak with a unified voice as we emerge as a viable, impactful partner in the overall food and agriculture sector,” the founding members said in a joint statement. “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. 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.” Moving ahead, AMPS Innovation will work with the United States Congress, US Department of Agriculture, and Food and Drug Administration to build a regulatory framework for cell-based products to advance the industry with the mission of fulfilling increasing protein demands as the human population grows to 10 billion by 2050.
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