Singapore Becomes World’s First Country To Approve Sale Of Laboratory-Generated Meat

Singapore approves the sale of laboratory-formed cultured meat. It is the country’s initiative towards reducing killing of animals.

Mamta Raut

December 4, 2020

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Singapore becomes the world’s first country to grant permission for the sale of laboratory-generated meat. The San Francisco based company, Eat Just Inc announced on Tuesday, December 1, that their product created from cultured chicken cells have now been approved by Singapore Food Agency (SFA). Many claims that this move will help in providing environmental stability as the sale of lab-generate meat will cause a reduction in killing animals.

Eat Just Inc in their statement said, “The first-in-the-world regulatory allowance of real, high-quality meat created directly from animal cells for safe human consumption paves the way for a forthcoming small-scale commercial launch in Singapore”. At first, the laboratory-meat will be circulated as chicken nuggets in the Singapore markets. However, the company aims at increasing its expansion with time.

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The co-founder of Eat Just said in an interview that their lab-grown meat will be priced at parity with premium chicken. He added, “We’ve been eating meat for many hundreds, thousands of years, always needing to kill an animal to eat — until now”. The food outlet claims that the laboratory-generated meat is created in a bioreactor. For the unversed, it is an apparatus in which biological reaction and changes take place.

The company further claims that the meat generated is high in protein content just like the regular meat. According to the company, the meat will also be a rich source of minerals. The outlet aims at selling the product under the GOOD Meat brand. As of now, only the manufacturing hubs in Singapore and Northern California has received approval for circulating their product. However, the company aims at expanding its reach in Western Europe and the US as well.

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Although the company hasn’t released the date when their product will be launched in the market. But they assured that soon their product will also be sold to the restaurants in Singapore. The co-founder of the company has refrained from giving the exact details of the price of the product but the firm is targeting operating profitability before the end of 2021 and hopes to go public soon.

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