“I think it is better to eat something like that and not to be sick, I think,” said Michael Dittmer, a meat and poultry farmer from the eastern city of Dordt.
“I have a son who is 10 and he likes it.
I like the feeling of a good lamb.”
But not everyone has such a positive opinion of the new meat product.
“This is a little bit strange,” said Jörg Schindler, who owns a dairy farm in northern Germany.
“If you want to have a good quality meat, don’t have a lot of fat.”
In an interview with CBS News, Schindlers farm manager said the meat is a challenge to the local climate.
“The climate in the region is really cold,” said manager Jörgen Wöhrlich.
“There is no snow and we have no vegetation.”
But Schindlers dairy farmer said he would like to see more diversity in the local meat market, saying the product needs to be more flavorful and fresher.
“In Germany, there is a lot more diversity than in America,” said Schindlich.
He said he is not against eating a whole cow, but is more concerned with quality.
“It is not enough to eat a good piece of meat, you also have to enjoy it,” said Wöhnle.
“You have to be aware of the quality of the meat and the taste,” said Rolf Moll, a spokesman for the European Union’s Food Safety Authority.
He noted that the EU’s Meat Safety Directive, which is aimed at improving food safety in Europe, requires that products containing meat from animals raised in accordance with strict animal welfare standards, and that meat from non-animal sources must be slaughtered in a humane manner.
He added that the meat industry must do a better job of educating consumers on the safety of meat and meat products.
That is a matter for the producers,” he added.