Lab-grown meat made without killing animals will go on sale for the first time.
The Singapore authorities have approved the chicken meat, which is produced in bioreactors and grown from animal muscle cells.
The American company Eat Just, which has produced the so-called “cultured” or “clean” meat, said it will be sold as nuggets.
The company said it could pave the way for a future where all meat is produced without slaughtering livestock.
It’s because the global demand for regular meat alternatives continues to increase due to consumer concerns about health, animal welfare and the environment.
More than 20 companies around the world test lab-grown fish, beef and chicken.
Barclays estimates that the meat alternatives market could be worth £ 104 billion – $ 140 billion – over the next ten years, or 10% of the global $ 1.4 trillion meat industry.
The Singapore Food Agency said the meat was “found to be safe for consumption in its intended use.”
In a statement, Eat Just said, “The world’s first legal authorization of high-quality, real meat made directly from animal cells for safe human consumption paves the way for an upcoming small-scale commercial launch in Singapore.”
The company called it a “breakthrough for the global food industry” and said it hopes other countries will follow suit.
Co-founder and CEO Josh Tetrick said the meat would cost as much as premium chicken when launched in a Singapore restaurant “in the very near future.”
He added, “I am sure our regulatory approval for in vitro meat will be the first of many in Singapore and countries around the world.”
According to the company, no antibiotics were used.
No chickens were killed to obtain the cell line used to produce the meat, TechCrunch reported.
Instead, the process begins with cell isolation, where cells are recovered through methods that may include biopsy from a live animal.
Plant-based meat options, popularized by Beyond Meat Inc and Impossible Foods, are increasingly common on grocery store shelves and restaurant menus around the world.