Remilk receives 'generally recognised as safe' status in US

The animal-free dairy company said it's a major milestone
calendar icon 16 June 2022
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Remilk, a producer of animal-free dairy, has obtained self-affirmed GRAS (generally recognised as safe) status, in accordance with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements, paving the way for non-animal dairy products in the US.

"This is a key validation of the quality and safety of Remilk's non-animal dairy protein and process," said Aviv Wolff, CEO and co-founder of Remilk. "Regulatory approval in the US represents another major milestone for our team and great news for the dairy product manufacturers and consumers seeking non-animal real-dairy products."

"We are working diligently with regulators around the globe to be able to offer Remilk-made products to consumers in other countries," Wolff continued. "We strongly believe that the first regulators to adapt approval processes to alternative protein production systems will be those who benefit most from the availability of a stable, reliable supply of nutritious, affordable, sustainable foods in their countries."

Remilk claims the protein they use is identical to cow-based milk protein but produced without a single animal cell. GRAS status indicates that Remilk protein is considered safe for consumption in food and beverages, which means it can be used by manufacturers to make non-animal varieties of popular consumer products such as ice cream, yogurt, and cream cheese. Unlike plant-based dairy alternatives, Remilk claims the proteins it uses are bio-equivalent to their traditional counterparts and that the dairy produced using them is indistinguishable in taste and function from traditional dairy. With this regulatory clearance, the company can begin selling to US CPGs, with sales anticipated to begin in the coming quarters.

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