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Singapore becomes first country to approve sale of lab-grown meat

Stock MarketsDec 01, 2020 10:41PM ET
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By Anshuman Daga and Aradhana Aravindan

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has given U.S. start-up Eat Just the greenlight to sell its lab-grown chicken meat, in what the firm says is the world's first regulatory approval for so-called clean meat that does not come from slaughtered animals.

Demand for alternatives to regular meat is surging due to consumer concerns about health, animal welfare and the environment. Plant-based meat options, popularised by Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:BYND) Inc and Impossible Foods, increasingly feature on supermarket shelves and restaurant menus.

But so-called clean or cultured meat, which is grown from animal muscle cells in a lab, is still at a nascent stage given high production costs.

"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," Eat Just said on Wednesday.

The firm said the meat will be sold as nuggets and had previously pegged their cost at $50 each.

But co-founder and CEO Josh Tetrick said the cost has since come down and the meat would be priced at parity to premium chicken when it first launches in a restaurant in Singapore "in the very near term". He declined to give exact details or costs.

The company is targeting operating profitability before the end of 2021, and hopes to go public soon after, Tetrick added.

Globally more than two dozen firms are testing lab-grown fish, beef and chicken, hoping to break into an unproven segment of the alternative meat market, which Barclays (LON:BARC) estimates could be worth $140 billion by 2029.

 

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Carlos GA
Carlos GA Dec 01, 2020 11:39PM ET
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Good luck with that guys!! I still like my "real" filet mignon (blue) or A5 wagyu (rare) with real sides...call me old-fashioned person...
David David
David9 Dec 01, 2020 11:20PM ET
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We need to program our body so we don't need to eat anything...
Yelen Shim
Yelen Shim Dec 01, 2020 10:58PM ET
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I'd like to have lab-grown steak please. Well done!!
Randeep Rothi
Randeep Rothi Dec 01, 2020 10:58PM ET
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Only an uncouth barbarian would eat their steak well done.  Medium rare or medium done is how steak should be eaten!
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Dec 01, 2020 9:57PM ET
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Genetic mod meat, no thanks
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Dec 01, 2020 9:56PM ET
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Generic alter fruits and now this, no wonder we get all kind of new problems, disease
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Alex cs Dec 01, 2020 9:56PM ET
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correlation does not imply causation. please review the meaning of correlation and causation before throwing garbage comments out there :)
Jurgen Daub
Jurgen Daub Dec 01, 2020 9:41PM ET
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wonderful new world. waiting for the first human created from clean and fresh flesh and bone
 
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