14 Dec 2023

Lab-grown quail meat passes landmark first assessment

From Nights, 10:18 pm on 14 December 2023

For the first time, Australia and New Zealand's food safety regulator has deemed that meat grown from quail cells is safe for humans to eat. Sydney company Vow has passed the first stage of assessment from Food Standards Australia New Zealand with its lab-grown or 'cell-cultivated' meat product, who said the food presented no health or nutrition risks. Only two countries in the world have approved lab-cultured meat for sale, Singapore and the United States, but it looks like Australasia could be next. Mark Leishman speaks to cultivated meat expert Olivia Ogilvie, a University of Canterbury biochemist and co-founder and CEO of Opo Bio, a company that develops animal cells for the cultivated meat industry.