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    Lab Meat: Yum!

    Singapore Becomes First Country to Approve Sales of Lab-Created Meat

    By Leslie Patton
    December 2, 2020, 7:00 AM GMT+7

    • Eat Just will first sell cultured chicken bites in restaurant
    • Singapore has deepened focus on food security since Covid-19



    Eat Just says its lab-grown chicken is better for the environment and more humane. Source: Eat Just
    Eat Just Inc., a maker of meat and egg substitutes, has been approved to sell its laboratory-created chicken in Singapore, which becomes the first government to allow the sale of cultured meat.

    The product, created from animal cells without the slaughter of any chickens, will debut in Singapore under the GOOD Meat brand as a chicken bite with breading and seasoning in a single restaurant. Eat Just is initially working with local manufacturer the Food Innovation and Resource Centre to make the cultured chicken. Additionally, the company is buying more equipment to expand sales to other restaurants -- and eventually grocery stores.

    “We want Singapore to be the focus of our manufacturing globally,” Chief Executive Officer Josh Tetrick said in an interview. “They’re just really forward thinking in building an enabling environment for this kind of work.”

    He added that the chicken’s flavor and taste are the same as the real thing.

    Singapore is moving quickly to allow the sale of cultured meat, a move that fits into its broader food-security agenda. The densely populated nation, which relies mostly on other countries for food, has deepened its focus on getting enough to eat for its 5.7 million people as the Covid-19 crisis exposes fragility in supply chains worldwide.

    In response to the pandemic, Singapore is trying to produce 30% of its own food by 2030, up from less than 10% today. It has recently accelerated funding for local farms.

    “Singapore has really spent a lot more time and energy getting this right than Western Europe and the U.S.,” Tetrick said.
    The new chicken product will be priced similar to premium chicken for the first six months, Tetrick said, adding that the cost will come down over time as the company builds global scale. “Eventually we want to get to the place where it is significantly more cost effective than conventional production.”

    That could take a while, since chicken is one of the most inexpensive proteins. In the U.S., it’s also the most popular -- with consumption being higher than that of any other meat. Grocery stores regularly sell $5 whole rotisserie chickens, and some restaurants offer $1 chicken sandwiches.

    Eat Just’s lab-grown chicken meat was approved for human consumption in Singapore.
    Source: Eat Just

    Humane, Sustainable

    At the same time, fast-food chains and grocery stores have been rapidly adding meat alternatives to their menus. While cultured meat is real meat, and not a plant-based substitute, it can be marketed as more humane and environmentally sustainable.

    In Singapore, cultured burgers may be next. Eat Just is planning to submit its application for lab-created beef there during the first half of next year. The approval process for cultured meat products is moving slower in Europe and the U.S.

    San Francisco-based Eat Just, which isn’t yet profitable, is planning an initial public offering in the U.S. at some point.
    “Our plan is to hit operating profitability before the end of next year,” Tetrick said, adding the company would look to go public at some point after that.

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    if the taste and texture is the same, why not?

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    cant be worse than Sizzler

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    Quote Originally Posted by reinvented View Post
    cant be worse than Sizzler
    Looking at that "chicken breast" I would beg to differ.

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    I would want to know what preservatives and chemicals are in this before eating it on a regular basis, but if it is safe I am keen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    I would want to know what preservatives and chemicals are in this before eating it on a regular basis, but if it is safe I am keen.
    I'm curious about the "fodder"

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    if the taste and texture is the same, why not?

    Agree. They may be able to come close to the taste but I have strong doubts about the texture.

    We need to get better at these things. The Mars settlers probably can't afford a lot of genuine meat.


    Quote Originally Posted by helge View Post
    I'm curious about the "fodder"
    Bacteria maybe. Methane and ammonia as feed for protein. It is already approved for animal feed in europe.
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