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MEAT grown in a lab in Singapore! OMG! Would you eat it? ON December 2, 2020, anothet FIRST for sunny Singapore! The company Eat Just revealed that its cultured chicken has been given “first-in-the-world regulatory approval” by Singapore authorities. It will be used as an ingredient in its “chicken bites” or nuggets which the company plans to launch at a later date.
Safety tests found that the cultured chicken had “extremely low and significantly cleaner microbiological content” than traditional chicken.
Cultured or cell-based meat is meat developed in laboratories using animal cells. San Francisco-based Eat Just is known for its plant-based egg substitutes, said no antibiotics were used in its product. Tests showed that the cultured chicken has a high protein content, diversified amino acid composition, is in healthy monounsaturated fats and also has a rich source of minerals. Other ingredients used in the chicken nuggets include breadcrumbs and mung bean protein, which is also used in their plant-based eggs. These ingredients are also used in meatless vegan burgers and sausages.
The cultured chicken was manufactured at the Food Innovation and Resource Centre, a food research facility co-run by Singapore Polytechnic and Enterprise Singapore. Josh Tetrick, co-founder and CEO of Eat Just explained, “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,”
There is also lab grown lobster meat now in the pipeline by Shiok Meats expected to launch in 2022.
For me, I prefer chicken from poultry and lobster from real lobsters!
The Traveling Gourmet TM says: Keep calm and carry on eating! 🙂