What is cultured meat?
Cultured meat (also known as lab-grown meat, clean meat or cultivated meat) is real animal meat grown from animal cells. However, there is no animal slaughter involved! Cultured meat is NOT a plant-based meat substitute product. It is real meat and no different from the meat obtained from a slaughtered sheep, chicken, pig, or cow. Well, actually, it’s better!
How is cultured meat produced?
A small biopsy is taken from a live animal in order to obtain starter cells (the only animal product used in the entire process!). These cells are then inserted into a nutrient-rich (FBS-free) culture medium where they can easily increase and multiply inside bioreactors. The cells are then characterized and differentiated into muscle and fat in order to produce meat.
Is cultured meat vegan?
Cultured meat is real animal meat grown from animal cells. It is not a plant-based meat substitute or vegan product.
When will cultured meat be available for consumers to purchase?
The first sale of cultured meat (chicken) occurred in Singapore in December 2020.