Cultivated meat industry scores big with launch of world’s first animal-free pork steak, regulatory approval for serum-free media | Food Business Africa Magazine

UK – 3D Bio-Tissues (3DBT), a biotechnology startup in the UK has managed to cultivate the world’s first pork steak made from 100% cultivated meat.

The steak fillet was made using the company’s own patented serum-free and animal-free cell booster, eliminating the need for conventional plant-based scaffolds.

The CEO of 3DBT, Che Connon, who is also a professor of tissue engineering at Newcastle University, together with the chief science officer of 3DBT Ricardo Gouveia, took to the lab to test for various qualities of the pork steak in both raw and cooked states.

They found that the visual properties of the steak displayed similar structural integrity to actual pork. The duo also found that pan frying the steak led to a level of shrinkage as is expected from all meat, conventional or not.

Connon said, “This is a significant scientific breakthrough which has very positive implications not just for 3DBT but also for the UK and the cultivated meat industry as a whole.

The company intends to liaise with manufacturers and supermarkets to sell their cultivated products as well as work with fashion companies to produce cultivated leather using the same tissue templating process on skin cells.

The growth witnessed within the cultivated meat industry is impressive as more companies join in the environmentally friendly and cruelty-free route of meat processing and production.

In August, Future Meat Technologies also developed the world’s first cultivated lamb that is reported to cook and taste like conventional ground lamb meat.

Singapore approves serum-free media

Meanwhile, in Singapore, the industry hit another milestone with the Singapore Food Agency’s (SFA) approval for Good Meat to use its serum-free media to produce lab-grown chicken for human consumption.

Good Meat claims that its technology helps remove cell-cultured meat from its reliance on fetal bovine serum, enabling it to truly develop slaughter-free products.

The company thus appreciated SFA’s market approval as a technical and regulatory breakthrough that will boost the scalability of its products and lower manufacturing costs.

The recent approval continues Singapore’s trailblazing support for cell-based meat and leaves the US and Europe playing catch-up on the regulatory front.

2-years on, Singapore remains the only country in the world where consumers can purchase lab-grown products.

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Beryl Onyango

Beryl Onyango is a CPA and economics degree holder who has dedicated her career to helping others navigate the complex world of finance. Beryl has spent the past 3 years working as a finance specialist in a fintech company and has 6 years of experience in finance, working with a diverse range of clients and industries. Beryl's expertise lies in budgeting, saving, investing, and retirement planning, but she also has a deep understanding of various other areas of finance. She is interested in financial technology and how it changes how we manage our finances. As a finance writer, Beryl has been sharing her insights and knowledge through her writing, covering various finance and personal finance topics. Her goal is to educate and empower individuals to take control of their finances and achieve their financial goals. In addition to her professional experience, Beryl is a lifelong learner, always seeking to expand her knowledge and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in finance. She is also a strong communicator, able to explain complex financial concepts in a clear and easy-to-understand manner. Beryl believes that financial literacy is the key to achieving financial success, and she is dedicated to helping others achieve their financial goals.

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