This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has partnered with 3D Bioprinting Solutions of Moscow, Russia, to develop 3D bioprinted nuggets made from chicken cell tissue and plant-based ingredients. KFC says it aims to "achieve the signature KFC taste" and reproduce the same taste and texture of the nuggets sold at KFC.
KFC has recently focused on developing products made from plant-based materials rather than chicken, and in 2019, the company is testing nuggets made from plant-based materials made by Beyond Meat in select stores, which sold out in five hours. KFC explains that the technology, which generates meat from chicken cells into nuggets, reduces the amount of farmland needed for poultry farming by 1/100th and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 25 times.
Yusef Khesuani, co-founder of 3D Bioprinting Solutions, said, "3D bioprinting technologies, initially widely recognized in medicine, are nowadays gaining popularity in producing foods such as meat," and continued, "In the future, the rapid development of such technologies will allow us to make 3D-printed meat products more accessible and we are hoping that the technology created as a result of our cooperation with KFC will help accelerate the launch of cell-based meat products on the market."
It should be noted that the 3D bioprinted nuggets contain chicken ingredients. Also, KFC is not stopping selling Beyond Meat fake meat chicken, and has begun testing the product in 50 more stores in California starting this week. The company will determine how well this turns out to be the case and whether it will go nationwide. Perhaps in a few years, we could see three types of nuggets sold at KFC around the world: 100% chicken, 3D printed nuggets with chicken ingredients, and 100% synthetic meat.
Incidentally, in the medical field, the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkelay) is working on developing a technology to produce human organs by 3D bioprinting. With conventional 3D bioprinting technology, cells tend to degrade before the printing is complete, and UC Berkelay is developing a solution to this problem by freezing the output tissue as it is printed.
There was no detailed explanation of the 3D Bioprinting Solutions technology in the announcement, but we hope that they will take extra care and consideration for the safety of the product they are making to put in your mouth. The 3D Bioprinting Nugget will be in prototype form for testing this fall. There's no word yet on when it will be available for sale to the public.
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