Technology is rising day by day by many folds. Every sector of technology is flourishing so is the case with food tech.
Food technicians have been working day and night to get a breakthrough. In the last couple of years, they got their breakthrough in the form of the manufacture of artificial meat.
Lab-grown meat is synthetic meat that is prepared in the laboratory independent of livestock use.
After the introduction of the first lab-grown meat in Israel, other companies also started investing in food technicians asking them to come up with the best artificial meat.
This meat will be good tech news for vegetarians and animal rights personnel who are against the slaughter of an animal for food.
Due to the interest of these giant corporations, artificial meat and the future of the meat industry will change drastically.
Here in this article, we will discuss who these food technicians, how they helped develop lab-grown meat and artificial meat benefits as well.
Who are Food Technicians
Food technicians help produce food products. They test the safety and quality of raw materials and finished products, as well as packaging, processing, and storage techniques.
The technicians are responsible for the daily operation of the laboratory and can also help in the inquiry and expansion of new harvests.
The food technicians guarantee the safety and quality of the food. For this, they evaluate the products in different phases of the production process and also when the product is finished.
These tests can be used to detect chemical contaminants or the presence of microorganisms that cause food poisoning diseases such as Salmonella and E. coli.
Food technicians use a very strict procedure that allows them to identify problems at each stage of production and take measures to ensure the safety of food.
They can use automated testing machines to perform thousands of tests quickly, and computers to record and analyze their results.
Other tests may require much more time, such as making minute observations with electron microscopes.
Food Technicians Test Taste, Color, and Nutritional Content (Including Fats, Proteins, Sugars, and Vitamins).
They evaluate processes such as mixing, heating, cooling, and freezing to ensure that food is processed and stored at the right temperature.
They also evaluate the materials used for the packaging of the food, to ensure that they comply with national and European safety and quality standards.
As far as research and development work is concerned, they evaluate raw materials and processing techniques to help create new food products or find ways to improve existing ones.
In addition to new products such as vegetarian meat substitutes, they can work on new preservatives, colorants, and flavorings.
Food technicians spend much of their time in the laboratory. However, they can also spend a lot of time visiting the factory, for example, to take samples or supervise and evaluate the production processes.
Food Technicians Develop Artificial Meat
The Israeli company Aleph Farms announced the creation of the first fillet of meat cultivated in the laboratory from animal cells.
Ensures the firm that this product not only retains the flavor of a traditional steak but also the structure, therefore the consumer may feel as if he was biting a real piece of beef, according to the report of The Wall Street Journal.
The process takes approximately three weeks and starts with the sampling of live animals to incubate them in a Petri dish, form four different types of cells, and then combine them to create a small three-dimensional structure, similar to a credit card, giving way to the new ‘meat steak’.
This new product tastes 70% like a real steak and at the
cellular level it is identical to conventional meat, but with the difference
that it is not necessary to involve the sacrifice of the animal.
Its creators say that this alternative will be a great revolution in the food industry in a world that increasingly demands a quantity of production that traditional agriculture does not cover.
US control entities continue to evaluate whether the cultivated meats are safe for consumers.
Can we achieve the Taste and Texture of Real Meat with this Lab Grown Meat Production?
The consistency of the meat we eat today could be achieved if other components, such as hydrogel, were added to these crops.
To obtain the classic pink color of fresh meat you could inject myoglobin tissues, a small protein, or allowed dyes. The taste could also be achieved with artificial additives.
The main challenge, experts in biotechnology have said, is to get the cells to achieve a three-dimensional network that resembles the texture and density of natural meat.
Why are They Interested in Artificial Meat Production?
One of the main attractions of the proposal of synthetic lab-grown meat: no one can ignore that conventional farms give cruel treatment to animals.
So, a steak from the bottle of a laboratory is understood as an option free from animal suffering
On the other hand, it is also proposed as the key to saving the environment from the destruction caused by intensive livestock, since they claim that they only need 1% land and 10% water used in traditional farming.
But perhaps what fuels the dreams of these investors is to be the first to create a new industry.
Livestock is liable to diseases, many bloodborne diseases can be transferred from animals.
The meat obtained from this source will be free of diseases as it will be developed in a strictly clean environment of a laboratory.
In addition, it is said to be a healthier alternative to meat, probably because it is expected to be able to adjust the protein content accurately
What will be the Artificial Meat Price?
The elaboration of this type of fillets is done under a fraction of the environmental costs that come from traditional production on a large scale, however, at this stage of development, a piece of ‘laboratory meat’ could cost 50 dollars.
When will it be available for Common Use?
If all goes well then hopefully this meat will be available in the market within one year for common use.
But scientists are working day and night to make history also there is some positive progress in making lab-grown meat.
They are not there yet but the good news is coming soon, they test new things to make this happen and it will be in the market as the news comes out so it is only a matter of time before they will publish it for everyone.