Food-tech brand Aleph Farms Ltd. has unveiled what it describes as the world’s first cell-based ribeye steak.
The company and its research partner Israel Institute of Technology cultivated the slaughter-free meat using three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting technology.
According to Aleph Farms, its cultivated ribeye steak ‘is a thicker cut’ than its flagship product and it ‘incorporates muscle and fat similar to its slaughtered counterpart, boasting the same organoleptic attributes of a delicious tender, juicy ribeye steak you’d buy from the butcher’
‘Leading a global food system’
Didier Toubia is the Co-Founder and CEO of Aleph Farms. In a statement sent to PBN, he said: “This breakthrough reflects an artistic expression of the scientific expertise of our team.
“I’m blessed to work with some of the greatest people in this industry. We recognize some consumers will crave thicker and fattier cuts of meat.
“This accomplishment represents our commitment to meeting our consumer’s unique preferences and taste buds… We will continue to progressively diversify our offerings.”
Toubia also said that ‘additional meat designs will drive a larger impact in the mid and long term’.
He then concluded: “This milestone for me marks a major leap in fulfilling our vision of leading a global food system transition toward a more sustainable, equitable, and secure world.”
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‘The opportunities are endless’
Shulamit Levenberg is Aleph’s Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor, as well as a ‘major brainpower behind the company’. She also described the brand’s latest product as a ‘milestone’ for the future of cultured meat.
Leven berg then concluded: “We’ve broken the barriers to introducing new levels of variety into the cultivated meat cuts we can now produce. As we look into the future of 3D bioprinting, the opportunities are endless…”
Last year, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Aleph’s cell-based steak as ‘delicious and guilt-free’.
The politician became the first head of state to taste slaughter-free meat after visiting the company’s site.
He also stated he ‘couldn’t taste the difference’, adding: I’ve directed the State Secretary to appoint a body to serve these industries in order to connect and oversee all the stakeholders operating in this field.”
Moreover, Netanyahu said Israel will soon become a ‘powerhouse for alternative meat and alternative protein’.