SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Memphis Meats reports that it has produced the world’s first ‘clean poultry,’ including both chicken and duck, directly from poultry cells.
While a few companies, including Memphis Meats, have produced clean — commonly known as lab-grown — beef, the company said this is the first time clean poultry has been produced.
Memphis Meats said its poultry breakthrough was made possible by the unique technological platform that the company is building to produce new clean meat products and accelerate clean meat innovation.
The company has a target date of 2021 for its products to be available to consumers.
“It is thrilling to introduce the first chicken and duck that didn’t require raising animals,” said Dr. Uma Valeti, co-founder and CEO of Memphis Meats.
The company noted that chicken is the most popular protein in America, where consumers eat an average of about 90 pounds per year. Additionally, duck has a deep significance in many regions, including mainland China, which consumes more than 6 billion pounds per year.