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19th January 2023  Product update: newprotein staff writer

Regulatory Approval for Use of Serum-free Media in Cultivated Meat Production

GOOD Meat, the cultivated meat division of food technology company Eat Just, Inc., has been given a new, first-in-the-world regulatory approval by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) for the use of serum-free media for the production of cultivated meat.

This technical and regulatory milestone will lead to greater scalability, lower manufacturing costs and a more sustainable product. It also paves the way for the production of larger quantities of real, high-quality chicken made from cells instead of slaughtered animals.

GOOD Meat obtained approval from SFA for its first chicken product in November 2020 and a subsequent approval for new formats of its pioneering poultry in November 2021. With the latest regulatory approval for serum-free cultivation media, the U.S.-based food tech firm will soon transition to a more efficient and favorable production process.

GOOD Meat remains the only cultivated meat producer in the world with the ability to sell to consumers and since its launch in Singapore, the company’s chicken has been featured on menus at fine dining establishments, hawker stalls and via food delivery. Beginning this month, diners can reserve weekly tables to enjoy cultivated chicken at Huber’s Butchery, one of Singapore’s premier producers and suppliers of high-quality meat products.

Today’s regulatory news comes as bioreactors are being installed as part of the construction process of GOOD Meat’s Singapore production center that will have the capacity to make tens of thousands of pounds of meat. The facility will house the single-largest bioreactor in the cultivated meat industry to date: a 6,000-liter vessel built in partnership with bioreactor technology leader ABEC, Inc. The demonstration plant is slated to open in 2023 and will be running the serum-free production process.

“Removing serum from cultivated meat production can drive down costs and set the stage for expanded commercialization of sustainable protein. Given Singapore’s reputation as a global launchpad for scalable food security solutions, we’re hopeful that other nations will also soon embrace this smarter way of making meat,” said Mirte Gosker, Managing Director of the Good Food Institute APAC.




Date Published: 19th January 2023

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