Australia’s Vow has become the first cultivated meat company in the country to begin the regulatory approval process with Food Standards Australian New Zealand (FSANZ), hoping to launch a line of cultivated quail called Morsel in restaurants by 2024.
The food tech announced it had submitted a request to amend food standards code to approve the novel food.
Now the FSANZ needs to conduct its scientific and safety assessment to confirm the safety of Vow’s manufacturing process, stability of the cell line, ingredients, and final product.
Rare Japanese quail
Vow’s cultivated quail originates from cells of the rare Japanese quail, Coturnix japonica According to the food tech, it has a stable quail cell line that does not produce toxins, anti-nutrients, or allergens. The cultured quail does not contain animal-derived antibiotics or additives after cell-line creation.
“A comprehensive review using a conservative risk assessment approach of the inputs, including cell media, additives, cryoprotectants, and cleaners, demonstrates that the additives are not present at high levels in the final product and are not anticipated to pose a…