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Food tech company Eat Just has received regulatory approval for its cultured meat.

The company’s slaughter-free chicken will make its commercial debut in Singapore under its GOOD Meat brand. Further details of which have yet to be announced.

‘Extensive safety review’

The approval required an ‘iterative and extensive safety review by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) to entrust Eat Just with ensuring a safe food supply. 

During this process, the brand complied with SFA’s food safety requirements for the assessment of novel foods. 

Moreover, Eat Just’s cultured chicken received confirmation it is ‘safe and nutritious for human consumption’. This was decided by a distinguished outside panel of international scientific authorities in Singapore and the U.S.

‘A safer food sytem’

Josh Tetrick is the co-founder and CEO of Eat Just. In a statement sent to Plant Based News he said: “Singapore has long been a leader in innovation of all kinds, from information technology to biologics to now leading the world in building a healthier, safer food system. 

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

“Working in partnership with the broader agriculture sector and forward-thinking policymakers, companies like ours can help meet the increased demand for animal protein as our population climbs to 9.7 billion by 2050.”

What is cultured meat?

Lab cultured meat – best known as clean meat – is not vegan as it currently uses cells from animals. 

Some scientists also use a bovine growth serum – though there are companies working on making the tech animal-free. 

However, some vegans support clean meat because of its potential to dramatically reduce the number of animals slaughtered.

Liam Giliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.