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Malaysia’s first cultured meat company, Cell AgriTech, said it will start construction of its first cultured meat production plant in Penang, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2024 with a total investment of RM20 million.

Although regulations on the industry are unclear in the country and region – with the exception of Singapore, which has granted approval for growth media and culture products – Cell Agritech aims to launch its products in the Asian market by 2025.

First conference of cultured meat in Malaysia

Jason Ng Chen Aikum, founder of Cell AgriTech, made the remarks at the country’s first-ever cultured meat conference held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center on March 15-16.

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Cell AgriTech and Bioeconomy Corporation, a leading economic development agency for the biotechnology, bioproduct-based, and agro-based industries, jointly organized the event.

The conference brought together government agencies related to cellular agriculture, biotechnology industries, food manufacturers, investors, regulators and universities. The conference was also attended by Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Arthur Joseph Kurup.

More than a dozen major topics were presented with local and international speakers from various organizations related to the cellular agriculture sector, including solutions to reduce costs, safety and global regulations, Halal certification, and global trends.

Fish ball dish with umami meat
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Partnership with Umami Meats

Cell AgriTech says it aims to be one of the most cost-efficient cultured meat companies in the world. The team’s expertise is primarily focused on bio-process scaling and processing, and it’s ready to produce grown meat for less than $10 a kilogram.

The company you cooperate with Singapore-grown seafood company Umami Meats says it will focus on cultivating specific types of tuna and eel grown with non-GMO cell lines. Recently, Umami partnered with California-based Triplebar to collaborate on improving cell lines to produce farmed seafood more efficiently.

“We have made great strides in developing cell lines for gerberas, Japanese eel, and snapper, and are now ready to expand our production efforts,” Ng said at the event.

Laboratory meat in a Petri dish
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Halal certificates

As the majority of Malaysia’s population is Muslim, Cell AgriTech says it will start working with the relevant authorities to decide how to apply halal certification and other food-related regulations to approve farmed fish and meat products.

Cell AgriTech, a leader in the country’s industry, has partnered with Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) to offer a professional certificate program in cultured meat, covering key concepts for industrial applications.

“The current global food systems cannot provide a sustainable and healthy diet for a growing global population. Our dietary preferences for livestock-based foods contribute to huge emissions of greenhouse gases. Biotechnology can provide sustainable solutions by transforming the food and agricultural sector,” the company says on Facebook. its website.