Cultured chicken will be sold in Singapore

Cultured chicken will be sold in Singapore

Consumers in Singapore can soon get a taste of lab-grown or cultured chicken after food technology start-up Eat Just received the go-ahead to sell the product here.

Announcing this on Wednesday, Eat Just said its cultured chicken has been given “first-in-the-world regulatory approval” by Singapore authorities. It will be used as an ingredient in its “chicken bites” or nuggets which the company plans to launch at a later date.

This would likely be the first time globally that a cultured meat product is sold commercially, said the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), which made public on Wednesday guidelines to ensure the safety of food inventions.

Cultured or cell-based meat is meat developed in laboratories using animal cells.

San Francisco-based Eat Just, which is known for its plant-based egg substitutes, said no antibiotics were used in its product.

It added that safety tests found that its cultured chicken had “extremely low and significantly cleaner microbiological content” than traditional chicken.

“The analysis also demonstrated that cultured chicken contains a high protein content, diversified amino acid composition, high relative content in healthy monounsaturated fats and is a rich source of minerals,” it said. 

In a media release, the company said it took “many months” for its team of scientists, product developers, and regulation experts to record the cultured chicken’s production process – information which is required under SFA rules.

“The company documented the purity, identity, and stability of chicken cells during the manufacturing process, as well as a detailed description of the manufacturing process which demonstrated that harvested lab-grown chicken met quality controls and a rigorous food safety monitoring system”, said Eat Just.

Cultured chicken made in Singapore

The cultured chicken was manufactured at the Food Innovation and Resource Centre, a food research facility co-run by Singapore Polytechnic and Enterprise Singapore.

“Singapore has long been a leader in the innovation of all kinds, from information technology to biologics to now leading the world in building a healthier, safer food system,” said Josh Tetrick, co-founder and CEO of Eat Just as he explained why Singapore was chosen as the first location to launch its chicken product.  

“I’m sure that our regulatory approval for cultured meat will be the first of many in Singapore and in countries around the globe.”

Mr. Tetrick said his company is looking to offer the product at a restaurant first before distributing it to the mass market, adding that it will be priced similar to what consumers pay for “premium chicken” at restaurants.

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Singapore Boosts a Blockchain-Based Food Safety System

Singapore Food Agency and VeriTAG promote a Food Safety System based on Blockchain Technology.

The Singapore Food Agency and VeriTAG seal a strategic alliance for the creation of a Comprehensive and Transparent Food Safety System based on Blockchain technology.

This initiative is intended to address food safety issues in the food supply chain in Southeast Asia.

The System will have a social impact

This system uses the enterprise open source adaptive blockchain platform from NULS and TradeTrust, provides the possibility to develop a cloud-based tracking network.

“This association shows that Blockchain technology can truly be a conduit for social good and demonstrates the wide range of business use cases,” they point out in the joint statement.

As part of this alliance VeriTAG presented VeriHUB, a Blockchain platform for the export of food, in charge of guaranteeing transparency from the manufacture of the food, to its sale with Veri$HOP.

The latter is a Blockchain-enabled loyalty program.

This joint project is expected to be presented at the Smart China Expo, next September.

How does the system guarantee food safety?

The consensus node in the NULS blockchain will allow VeriTAG to take advantage of the immutable data book.

And in turn, generate participation rewards, to keep the monitoring system active on the network.

Incentives by VeriTAG are loyalty credits awarded for scanning VeriTAG seal labels.

These tokens are exchangeable in the native wallet of the applications for NULS tokens, and can subsequently be converted into Singapore’s digital currency.

Currently Singapore exports 90% of its food products, it is for this reason that the Food Agency of the city-State pays special attention to the quality of the products.

With the impulse of this project, it will be possible to determine when an imported product does not meet the required food safety standards.