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8th December 2020  Product update: Eat Just

The First Cultured Chicken Meat Is about to Hit the Market in Singapore


After a rigorous consultation and review process, Eat Just, Inc. announced that its cultured chicken has been approved for sale in Singapore as an ingredient in chicken bites.

The first-in-the-world regulatory allowance paves the way for a small-scale commercial launch in Singapore of Eat Just’s new GOOD Meat brand. This breakthrough for the global food industry builds on Singapore’s reputation as a world leader in business, technology and culinary innovation.

Global meat consumption has risen dramatically, and it’s projected to increase by over 70% in the next 30 years. As conventional meat production has been linked to major public health crises, safer and more efficient production technologies are urgently required to satisfy consumer demand.

The application of animal cell culture technology to develop novel food products has steadily increased during the last decade, and cultured meat’s role in creating a safer, more secure global food supply has been well-documented.

Eat Just’s regulatory achievement involved an extensive safety review by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), conducted by a panel of international scientific authorities in Singapore and the United States, with expertise in medicine, toxicology, allergenicity, cell biology and food safety. The response confirmed that Eat Just’s chicken is safe and nutritious for human consumption.

For the review, Eat Just’s team of scientists, product developers and regulatory experts prepared extensive documentation describing the manufacturing process and the purity, identity and stability of chicken cells. The company was also able to demonstrate a consistent manufacturing process by running over 20 production runs in 1,200-liter bioreactors. Safety and quality validations showed that harvested cultured chicken met the standards of poultry meat, with extremely low and significantly cleaner microbiological content than conventional chicken without the use of antibiotics.

“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. I'm sure that our regulatory approval for cultured meat will be the first of many in Singapore and in countries around the globe. Working in partnership with the broader agriculture sector and forward-thinking policymakers, companies like ours can help meet the increased demand for animal protein as our population climbs to 9.7 billion by 2050," said Josh Tetrick, co-founder and CEO of Eat Just.

The company has developed other cultured chicken formats that will be an extension to this product line.


    

Date Published: 8th December 2020

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