Chinese customers expressed concerns about the safety of vegan meat after foreign media reported that China has allowed an Israeli vegan meat company into the Chinese market. “I don’t know if the vegan meat is safe or not to eat, especially for my child,” a Beijing resident, surnamed Song, told the Global Times on Thursday [14 September 2017]. “It is not organic, so it must be unhealthy,” a Sina Weibo user commented…Full Article: ECNS.cn Sept 2017

Key Point

  • According to an Associate Professor of Food Safety at China Agricultural University [Beijing], SuperMeat, an Israeli meat company, produces two types of “vegan meat” including one derived from plant proteins and another derived from lab-grown meat.

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  • In September 2017, China and Israel signed a USD 300 million clean technology agreement that would permit Chinese companies to work with Israeli companies. The Israel Innovation Authority and Israel Export Institute (IEICI) participated in this deal.
  • Founded in December 2015 and headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, SuperMeat is a startup company that is carrying out research on bioengineering cultured meat. Their current (as of mid-2017) focus was on lab-grown chicken meat.

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