Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Koreans generate ersatz pork

Researchers at South Korea’s Sejong University have cultured pork from a sample of muscle cells, reports Korea Economic Daily.

The team was led by Professor Park Sungkwon at the University of Sejong’s food science department and began the project in 2018. 

“We can open up the possibility of securing the fundamental technology for cultured meat production," Professor Park said in a statement. "We are aiming to advance this technology for commercialization through further research and optimization.”

The team has also working towards culturing beef and is expected to publish results from their research later this year.

Research and development are proceeding at a rapid pace, mainly in the United States and Singapore. Memphis Meats, now named Upside Foods, has said it plans to have cell-cultured chicken nuggets on the market before the end of this year.