The Japan Association for Cellular Agriculture (JACA), a research group dedicated to cellular agriculture and cultured food, recently held its first promotional event for the industry in Tokyo.
inside February 2023, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made the announcement It will encourage the development of the country’s cultivated food industry by promoting the sector and improving markets, including safety assurance measures, and labeling regulations.
JACA’s event brought together more than 150 stakeholders, government officials and industry associations, among others, to build a consensus on the measures needed for food safety requirements for farmed food.
F&B key players include renowned ham producer NH Foods, which recently expanded into the plant-based market with two alt seafood products, and biotech company Ajinomoto, which collaborates with Israel’s Supermeat.
According to the statement, other topics discussed at JACA’s inauguration included the following:
- Protecting Japanese farmers’ rights to branded-animal cells such as “Wagyu”.
- Correct use of the term “Wagyu” in the field of cellular agriculture
- Food labeling requirements including definition of “Made in Japan” on farmed products
- Guidelines for transparent consumer communication
A sensory evaluation
JACA organized various cooking exhibitions, which allowed participants to experience the aroma of fried farmed meats invented by various companies:
- 3D bioprinted cultured beef (marbled fat from the Consortium for Future Innovation by Cultured Meat
- Poultry Farming by Divers Farm Company
- Beef cultured from Tokyo Women’s Medical University-Waseda University Joint Institution for Advanced Biomedical Science
- Cultured chickens from the Tokyo Women’s Medical University-Waseda University Joint Institution for Advanced Biomedical Science
- “Foie gras” is cultivated by integriculture, which cultivates its meat without fetal bovine serum.
Since the safety of farmed meat has not been cleared by the Japanese authorities, JACA avoided the taste of meat. In a statement, JACA emphasized the importance of security requirements on testing records.
“The event demonstrated a high level of interest in cellular agriculture from governments, politicians and domestic organizations and discussed the need to further accelerate data collection and compile issues for domestic policy recommendations,” JACA commented. event