- A US-based start-up, Eat Just, has come up with lab-grown chicken meat
- Singapore is now the first country to allow meat created without slaughtering any animals to be sold
THoD Newsdesk, Singapore: A US-based start-up, Eat Just, has come up with lab-grown chicken meat, which will now make its debut at a Singapore restaurant, in a culinary first this weekend. On Wednesday, the company stated that it had made its first commercial sale of the product to 1880, a restaurant located in Robertson Quay which is a posh riverside entertainment hub. The company mentioned that the restaurant will start serving it from Saturday.
Earlier this month, Eat Just stated that its product had been approved for sale in the city-state as an ingredient in chicken nuggets which has now made Singapore the first country to allow meat created without slaughtering any animals to be sold.
Eat Just Chief Executive, Josh Tetrick stated that the news “moves us closer to a world where the majority of meat we eat will not require tearing down a single forest, displacing a single animal’s habitat or using a single drop of antibiotics”. Three cultured chicken dishes will be served to the patrons, “each bite influenced by a top chicken-producing country in the world: China, Brazil and the United States”, the statement added.
Colin Buchan, the restaurant’s executive chef who used to cook for footballer David Beckham earlier, said, “This is a very exciting collaboration for me, I think people are going to love it.”
The demands for sustainable meat alternatives have been surging due to the climate threats which arise from meat consumption and this would also ensure the welfare of animals, as per the underlying vision. Meat consumption is projected to increase more than 70% by 2050 and lab-grown alternatives have a role to play in ensuring a secure food supply, the company said.
Addressing the concerns related to the lab-grown varieties especially regarding its pricing, a spokesman for Eat Just said that the company had made “considerable progress” in making the product economical.