A pig deal: Steakholder Foods adds cultured pork

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In Israel, Steakholder Foods Ltd., formerly MeaTech 3D, has announced it will begin developing cultured pork products from a new line of iPS porcine cells. 

The new stem cell line was derived from sampled cells that were reprogrammed back into an embryonic-like pluripotent state. This enables one cell bank to become an unlimited and highly scalable source for developing any type of muscle or fat cells for cultured meat production.

Steakholder Foods has also partnered with a leading iPS cell line provider in order to shorten its development timeline for structured pork products, such as bacon, pork chops and ham. Through cell cultivation and 3D bioprinting, the company expects to achieve the taste, texture and mouthfeel of conventional pork. It will also produce ground pork products and pork biomass as an ingredient for hybrid food products, such as meatballs.

Steakholder’s product pipeline also includes cultured beef, chicken, fish, and seafood.