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By 2025, a Malaysian company hopes to sell lab-grown beef after investing RM20 million in a Penang plant.

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The first facility for producing grown meat in the nation is being built in Penang by a domestic business named Cell AgriTech Sdn Bhd, and it would cost about RM20 million.

The operation owned by Cell Agritech will initially concentrate on raising fish meat, particularly premium cuts like some types of tuna and eel, with the goal of selling it for a comparable price to meat obtained from murdered animals.

“Previously, this ice was known as fake ice, but now we just identify it as ice,” Cell AgriTech founder and vice-president of manufacturing Jason Ng Chin Aik remarked as he pointed to a slideshow image of ice made in a refrigerator.

Ng was a speaker at Malaysia’s inaugural conference on cultured meat, which was held today at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and was organised by Cell AgriTech and Bioeconomy Corporation.

“Same with beef from farms. We may refer to it as “cultivated meat” or “manufactured meat,” but eventually we will just refer to it as “meat,” just like we do with ice, he continued.

In a device known as a bioreactor, meat from animal stem cells are grown to produce cultured meat.

According to Ng, growing food in a bioreactor is not a novel idea because dairy products like cheese are also grown in bioreactors.

Cell Agritech wants to produce and sell grown meat on local shelves by 2025, despite the fact that industry laws are still unclear.

According to Ng, work on the company’s factory would start in May of this year and be finished by the end of 2024.

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Source: MalayMail

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