The first cell grown steak has been produced by Israeli start-up Aleph Farms. The company claims that the ‘slaughter-free’ steak replicates the taste, texture, appearance and shape of conventional beef cuts.
The start-up uses natural beef cells extracted painlessly from a cow that over time develops into a 3-D meat structure.
“We’re shaping the future of the meat industry — literally. Making a patty or a sausage from cells cultured outside the animal is challenging enough, imagine how difficult it is to create a whole-muscle steak,” said Didier Toubia, co-founder and CEO of Aleph Farms.
“We’ve transformed the vision into reality by growing a steak under controlled conditions. The initial products are still relatively thin, but the technology we developed marks a true breakthrough and a great leap forward in producing a cell-grown steak.”
Cell grown meat has been developing an interest in the meat industry as more consumers change their eating habits due to ethical and environmental concerns.