Eat Just, maker of plant-based eggs, has been granted world’s first regulatory approval by Singapore Food Agency for its cell-cultured chicken. Eat Just is a company that applies cutting-edge science and technology to create healthier, more sustainable foods.
Known for its JUST Egg liquid plant-based egg replacement made from mung bean and vegan mayonnaise, Eat Just will start providing cell-cultured meat without the slaughter of animals after gaining the world’s first regulatory approval. The product, real chicken made from animal cells and grown in a controlled environment, aims to provide meat in a sustainable and ethically produced way. The company said it went through 20 production runs of cell-cultured chicken in 1,200-liter bioreactors to prove the consistency of its manufacturing process. No antibiotics are used in this proprietary process. The company claims that its cultured chicken has an extremely low and significantly cleaner microbiological content than conventional chicken.
While plant-based meat is very popular worldwide, cell-cultured meat is still in its early stages of development and is not yet sold commercially. Singapore currently imports over 90% of its food, which is affected by the COVID-19, with its related export bans and logistics issues. The government in Singapore is currently engaged in an initiative, called “30 by 30,” to produce locally 30% of the country’s food supply by 2030.
“Singapore has long been a leader in the innovation of all kinds, from information technology to biological products, and now, leading the world in building a healthier, safer food system. I am sure that our regulatory approval for cultured meat will be the first of many in Singapore and countries around the globe,” said Mr. Josh Tetrick, co-founder and CEO of Eat Just.
In October this year, Eat Just announced its launch of a new subsidiary in Asia through a partnership with Proterra Investment Partners Asia. The agreement includes building a factory in Singapore that received support from the government’s Economic Development Board. Eat Just’s current distribution partners in Asia include SPX Samplip in South Korea, Betagro in Thailand, and an undisclosed new partner in China, where JUST Egg is already available on Tmall and JD.com.