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Czech start-up Bene Meat Technologies (BMT) has permission to add laboratory-grown meat to pet food. The company received certification for so-called cultured meat from the European Feed Materials Register. The company says it is the only company in the world that can produce and sell cultured meat as dog and cat food. Sample products should be available early next year.
The Prague-based start-up has been working on the development and technology of cultured meat production since 2020 in an international team of 80 scientists. The investor is the international BTL group, which operates in the field of medical devices.
“Thanks to the obtained certification, nothing prevents us from taking further steps, we are negotiating with feed manufacturers to get this wonderful product into production,” said Tomáš Kubeš, head of strategic projects at BMT. Sample products will be available at the beginning of next year, according to the company, and could then appear in stores in the same year.
Cultured meat is produced in a laboratory in bioreactors. Cells taken from a live animal are “grown” in a nutrient-rich medium, the cultured meat is then textured and shaped into the desired shape. The main advantages lie in the safety of health, the quality of the raw materials and the solution of the ethical problem. “We offer a quality alternative to meat without killing animals at a competitive price,” said BMT CEO Roman Kříž. According to him, BMT technology is able to adapt to any manufacturer’s requirements for the resulting type of feed, it solves all aspects of production and the resulting price.
Worldwide, a number of companies are racing to develop commercially viable laboratory-grown meat and fish products. They want to reach consumers who are concerned about ethical issues and the environmental impact of raising farm animals, Reuters wrote today. He recalls that in the United States, Upside Foods and Good Meat won regulatory approval for cultured meat intended for human consumption in June, second only to Singapore, according to Reuters.