Singapore Is World’s First To Approve Sales of Lab-Grown Chicken Meat
Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 | 1267 Views
Cell cultured chicken bites from food technology start-up—Eat Just, have been approved for sale in Singapore. This makes the country the first in the world to approve commercial sale and consumption of lab-grown meat.
Meat production has risen dramatically, and by 2050, consumption is projected to increase over 70 percent. Major public health crises have been linked to patterns of conventional meat consumption, hence, safer, more efficient and less environmentally harmful ways of producing meat are urgently required to satisfy growing consumer demand. Cultured meat using animal cell culture technology could create a safer and more secure global food supply.
Over the course of many months, Eat Just ran vigorous food safety and quality tests, as well as extensive documentation on the characterisation of its cultured chicken and the process to produce it. No antibiotics are used in this proprietary process and it contained a high protein content and is a rich source of minerals. Approved by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), the cultured chicken was confirmed to be safe and nutritious for human consumption.
Furthermore, the company has formed strategic partnerships with local manufacturers to produce cultured chicken cells and formulate the finished product ahead of its historic sale to a restaurant and, ultimately, initial availability to consumers.
“Singapore has long been a leader in innovation of all kinds, from information technology to biologics to now leading the world in building a healthier, safer food system. I’m sure that our regulatory approval for cultured meat will be the first of many in Singapore and in countries around the globe. Working in partnership with the broader agriculture sector and forward-thinking policymakers, companies like ours can help meet the increased demand for animal protein as our population climbs to 9.7 billion by 2050,” said Josh Tetrick, co-founder and CEO of Eat Just.
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