Israel’s Aleph Farms applies to launch its cultivated meat in the UK

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Israel’s Aleph Farms applies to launch its cultivated meat in the UK

The start-up has submitted an application to the FSA to launch Aleph Cuts in the UK

The Israeli start-up responsible for creating the world’s first kosher cultivated meat is a step closer to bringing its cultivated beef steaks in the UK.

Aleph Farms has submitted an application to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to launch Aleph Cuts in the UK, just a few days after becoming the first company to seek regulatory approval for cultivated meat in Europe.

The Rehovot-based start-up announced the news on LinkedIn earlier today. “Today, as reported by Bloomberg, we are pleased to share we have recently submitted a dossier to the Food Standards Agency. Approval of our submission will allow us to launch Aleph Cuts, the world’s first cultivated beef steaks, in the UK.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with the regulatory authority to ensure full compliance with safety requirements. Together, we will build trust with our UK diners and provide them with delicious and new culinary experiences.

“This milestone was achieved thanks to the fabulous teamwork between Aleph Farms’ regulatory, operations and R&D teams, under the regulatory team’s lead. Yifat Gavriel Eyal Rivlin Tami Dvash”

Aleph Farms co-founder and CEO Didier Toubia
According to the British Meat Processors Association, the UK currently imports around 35 per cent of the beef and veal it consumes

Earlier this year, Aleph Farms received a game-changing kosher nod from The Chief Rabbi of Israel, David Baruch Lau, for its cultivated thin-cut beef steak, a decision that opens the door for a full kosher certificate ahead of its market launch later this year in Israel, pending regulatory approval.

At the time, co-founder and CEO Didier Toubia told the Jewish News how the “UK has demonstrated its support for cellular agriculture as one of the key solutions that can ensure food security and address food-related climate challenges. “The UK mentioned cultivated meat in its Plan for Growth as part of the benefits of Brexit and The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) allocated £14 million more in funding to 11 research projects. This includes research being conducted by Royal Agricultural University (in collaboration with Aleph Farms) that examines the impact of cultivated meat on livestock farmers.”

While it could still take a couple of years for Aleph Farms to get approval, the application is a significant step forwards towards the mainstream sale of cultivated meat, which has currently only been approved in Singapore and the US.

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