However, it has been found that JOINN Biologics, a Chinese firm with links to China's biowarfare program, plays an integral part in the production and quality control of the firm's newly licensed cultivated chicken. GOOD Meat, founded in 2018 as an offshoot of its parent JOINN, has a facility not far from Eat Just's headquarters in San Francisco.
As per the company's filing, JOINN currently produces chicken cells in a dedicated manufacturing suite in Richmond, California. The filing included how "the cells harvested are frozen for shipment without cryopreservation agents to locations where the finished meat food products are prepared." (Related: Lab-made chicken meat grown from CANCER CELLS receives FDA approval – are you ready to eat TUMOR nuggets?)
Apart from the lab-grown chicken manufacturing process, JOINN is also responsible for ensuring the raw materials are of a suitable quality and "food safety risks from potential adventitious agents or other contaminants" are mitigated.
Finding out that a Chinese firm involved in a biowarfare program has raised safety certification process concerns. And the fact that China has an influence over critical aspects of America's infrastructure, including its food supply, worries a lot of stakeholders.
It also brought about credibility questions about a foodstuff that is marketed on its "whiter than white" ethical credentials. Lab-grown meat is being marketed to people – especially to those who are concerned about carbon emissions contributed by livestock and poultry – as cruelty-free food. It is preferred by consumers who are supposed to enjoy "real" meat without any animal suffering at all to produce it.
But GOOD Meat's product is and always has been made with fetal bovine serum (FBS), an ingredient the company is careful to avoid mentioning. FBS is extracted directly from the hearts of unborn calves in slaughterhouses, often while they are still alive.
A recent Bloomberg Businessweek report revealed the big makers of lab-grown meat, including Eat Just, know this is a potential public relations disaster and are doing everything they can to avoid talking about it. Also, Eat Just refused to discuss the company's questionable history under its previous name "Hampton Creek," which was dogged by scandal from the day its first product, a vegan mayonnaise, hit the shelves in 2014.
Back in 2022, JOINN Biologics made national headlines when it bought 1,400 acres of land in Morriston, Florida for $5.5 million to build a new primate quarantine and breeding facility. This move sought to expand the parent company's existing breeding operations of lab animals. It was one of the largest single purchases of American real estate by a Chinese company to date.
Some key individuals working for the company have studied or worked at the Academy of Military Medical Sciences (AMMS) of the People's Liberation Army in Beijing, an institution added in 2021 to the U.S. trade blacklist for supplying biotechnology to the Chinese military.
According to the Pulse, JOINN's founder and chair of its board of directors is Yuxia Feng, a military physician and a graduate of AMMS. Conglin Zuo, the co-founder and vice chair of the board of directors, worked at the academy's Institute of Biotechnology.
"The idea that we would permit a biotech firm with ties to the Chinese military to breed lab monkeys on U.S. soil is baffling, especially after China unleashed the COVID-19 pandemic on the world. The Biden administration allowing Chinese Communist Party-affiliated companies to buy up American land is unacceptable, especially for these purposes. If the President won't put his foot down to protect American interests, Congress will," Rep. Scott Franklin (R-Fla) said.
The land purchased by JOINN in Morriston is still unused.
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