Over the last few years, there have been numerous examples of ‘fake meat’ products hitting the market. These items are meant to replicate the taste of steak, a burger patty, or any other meat products, but without having to slaughter an animal.
While fake meat products may go a long way in saving the lives of thousands of animals, they have come under scrutiny for a number of different elements, which includes being highly processed, containing GMOs, and just not being able to accurately replicate the taste of meat.
Now, it looks as there might be a solution to these shortcomings in the form of lab-grown, or cultured meat products. Cultured meat differs from plant-based alternatives, as they are ‘real’ meat that has been created by taking stem cells from an animal’s muscle or fat tissue and placed in a laboratory that supports its growth.
Singapore has become the first country in the world to approve the sale of lab-grown meat. On December, 2 Singapore’s city-state’s Food Agency gave US startup, Eat Just, its vote of confidence to sell its cultured chicken product as one of the main ingredients in chicken nuggets.
While speaking to NBC News, Eat Just said the cultured chicken will be made available in limited quantities, with only one restaurant in the country being able to sell the nuggets. Eat Just do however plan on expanding its offering directly to customers once it increases its manufacturing capacity.
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Josh Tetrick, CEO of Eat Just says his companies cultured chicken is both safe to eat and contains high amounts of protein.
Another advantage to Eat Just’s manufacturing process is the fact that the company does not use any antibiotics when growing its meat, which has been a point of contention in the meat and farming industry for a number of years. The overuse of antibiotics in food-producing animals is being blamed for the increase in resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” according to HealthLine.
“We think that [the way] to really solve the meat problem — which is a health problem, a deforestation problem, a morality problem — is to make animal protein,” Tetrick said to NBC News.