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Australian lab-grown meat company seeking answers to mass production issue

(Xinhua)    16:51, July 30, 2019

CANBERRA, July 30 -- Australia's laboratory-grown meat company has emerged in the nation's capital city with the goal of solving the industry's mass production predicament.

According to the report of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Tuesday, two Australian companies, Heuros in Canberra and VOW in Sydney, are aiming to make meat grown from animal stem cells in a laboratory a commercial reality.

"At the moment we are the first company to emerge (in Australia)," said Nick Beaumont, the founder of Heuros. "I think there are others that are operating in stealth, but they haven't shown their hand yet."

While companies all over the world but mostly in Europe and California's Silicon Valley have been able to create lab-grown meat, none have yet figured out how to scale-up production to the point where it can be sold commercially.

Beaumont said that Heuros is attempting to solve the problem and make the product affordable.

"We have made a lot of progress," he said. "We could maybe supply the material to make a burger-sized piece of meat for 30 to 40 Australian dollars (20.7 to 27.6 U.S. dollars), so we are close but it is not quite comparable to the cost of traditional meat yet."

"The more we produce, there will be economies of scale and hopefully we can improve the price of the product."

Beaumont recently traveled to the United States where he spoke about his company at a meeting of 150 leaders in the cellular agriculture industry.

"There's so much opportunity here for Australia to carry on producing meat for export and for the home market," he told the ABC.

"We are not using genetic modification, we are not using recombinant proteins," he said. "We are not using antibiotics or steroids. We think this will be a lot more appealing to the consumer."

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