Memphis Meats lab produces 'clean poultry'

by Erica Shaffer
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Memphis Meats southern fried chicken
Memphis Meats offered samples of cultured southern fried chicken.

SAN FRANCISCO — Memphis Meats Inc. has expanded the company’s offerings of cultured meat to include chicken and duck.

The company offered samples of the cultured chicken and duck at a kitchen in San Francisco as part of a planned reveal of the new products. Dishes served included southern fried chicken and duck á l’orange. The company developed a “clean” meatball in 2016.

“It is thrilling to introduce the first chicken and duck that didn’t require raising animals,” said Uma Valeti, co-founder and chief executive officer of Memphis Meats. “This is a historic moment for the clean meat movement. Chicken and duck are at the center of the table in so many cultures around the world, but the way conventional poultry is raised creates huge problems for the environment, animal welfare and human health. It is also inefficient. We aim to produce meat in a better way, so that it is delicious, affordable and sustainable. We really believe this is a significant technological leap for humanity and an incredible business opportunity – to transform a giant global industry while contributing to solving some of the most urgent sustainability issues of our time.”

Memphis Meats duck á l’orange
The company's duck á l’orange  features duck meat from cells grown in a bioreactor.

Poultry is widely consumed throughout the world. The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects consumers will eat 91.7 lbs of chicken in 2017, up from about 90 lbs in 2016. China leads the world in consumption of duck. Duck has a deep significance in many regions, including mainland China, which consumes more than 6 billion lbs per year – more than the rest of the world combined, according to Memphis Meats.

Cultured meat start-ups such as Memphis Meats, Modern Meadow Inc. and Mosa Meat aim to bring cultured meat to the masses. The products are grown using stem cells from cows, pigs and chickens. Memphis Meats plans to launch its products to consumers in 2021.
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