First laboratory-grown chicken nuggets on the restaurant menu

Food startup Eat Just launches lab-grown chicken nuggets for a still unnamed Singaporean restaurant. This news follows Sinapore Food Agency’s approval of “farmed chicken” for sale as an ingredient. Eat Just also makes Egg Just, a fake egg product made from mung beans. Of Smithsonian:

[…] Cultured chicken is real meat, it just doesn’t come from a slaughtered chicken. Scientists at Eat Just start with biopsies of muscle cells from live chickens, then deliver the samples with plant-based nutrients in a 300-gallon bioreactor to help the tissue grow.

“This is a historic moment in the food system,” Josh Tetrick, CEO of Eat Just, told Mike Ives. New York Times. “We have been eating meat for thousands of years, and every time we eat meat we have to kill an animal, until now.”

In 2019, Eat Just revealed that each chicken nugget would cost $ 50 to make, Deena Shanker reported for Bloomberg Last year. But the company has cut production costs since then, and now the price will be on par with high-quality chicken that could be ordered at a restaurant, reports the Times.

Image above for illustration purposes only: McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets, Evan-Amos (Public domain)

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