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Biotech company Aleph Farms has submitted an application for regulatory approval to the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) with the goal of selling Aleph Cuts (cultivated steaks) in supermarkets.
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The submission is part of a collaboration with Migros, Switzerland’s largest food retail chain, which has been instrumental in assessing the country’s specific regulatory approval process.

Later this year, Aleph Farms plans to launch their cuts in Singapore and Israel in limited quantities and offer exclusive tasting experiences curated with select partners, pending regulatory approvals. The regulatory team is working in similar fashion with regulatory authorities in numerous markets around the world, including Switzerland, in order to ensure compliance with respective safety requirements.

No need to mince

Several biotech companies are currently working on cultured meat, including Dutch food tech company Mosa Meat, who presented a hamburger grown in a bioreactor some years ago. Aleph Farms went for a bigger challenge: cultured meat with a recognisable meat structure that does not need to be minced first.

The basis of the product is a number of fertilised eggs from a cow. These are first multiplied in a cultivator (tank) with cell nutrition and then further matured into muscle tissue and collagen with a vegetable protein mix of wheat and soya. In just four weeks, the pieces of meat are ready for harvesting, processing and consumption.

According to research conducted jointly by Aleph Farms and Migros, 74% of Swiss consumers are open to trying cultivated meat and are motivated to try it chiefly by curiosity and a desire to align with principles like sustainability and animal welfare.

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