Lab-grown meat could hit store shelves in Australia as early as next year. Is it safe to eat?
- Australia’s food regulator is assessing the first-ever cultured meat application by a Sydney-based producer.
- Vow Foods says it wants to be producing hundreds of thousands of tonnes of meat by 2030.
- NSW Farmers says there are genuine concerns about the safety of synthetic food.
The company also has its eye on seafood and other game animals.
Vow Foods CEO George Peppou wants to be mass producing cell-based meat by 2030. Source: AAP / Bianca De Marchi
“We’re not making beef or lamb or pork or chicken, we’re basically inventing new forms of meat that solve problems that animals can’t,” he says.
But ambitious might be an understatement, with plans to increase current production from tens of kilograms of meat a day, to 200 kilograms a week by June.
Industry research body Meat and Livestock Australia also has major reservations about both cell-based and plant-based industries.
“Anything new, tends to be met with resistance, and we’re no exception to that,” he says.
The cell-based meat industry is gaining pace globally.
A woman stands in front of a blackboard explaining the production of so-called in-vitro meat, in Münster, Germany, on 30 July 2020. Source: Getty / Dpa
In 2020, Singapore became the first country to allow lab-grown meat to be sold to consumers.
The public will be able to make submissions to the Australian food regulator from August, and if approved the product could be on the shelves by mid-2024.