Steakholder Foods, a specialist in 3D printing technology for meat and fish, announced that it has received a feasibility report from the Mérieux NutriSciences group for its proprietary plant-based 3D printed whitefish and steaks.
As the meat substitutes industry continues to grow, Steakholder Foods stands out with its innovative 3D printing technology. The Mérieux NutriSciences report notes that the 3D printing process does not alter the structure or composition of the materials used, meaning the resulting product is unlikely to be classified as a novel food. Instead, it should be subject to a conventional approval process.
Arik Kaufman, Steakholder Foods’ CEO, stated, “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 commercializing our first products while expanding regulatory approval and commercialization across the globe.”
In parallel with the preparations for the production facility in the Gulf, Steakholder Foods is working to implement revenue-generating commercial agreements in other regions for 2024. With the move towards commercialization of its products in the Gulf region and subsequent global expansion, the company is not only signaling progress in food technology, but also a new chapter in sustainable and ethical food production.