The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahuannounced this week that his country will begin produce cow’s milk without the use of animals.
Netanyahu released the news during his visit to Steakholder Foodsa manufacturer of cultured meat products. The prime minister tried there 3D printed and structured farmed fish and cultured meat made from ethically harvested animal cells.
“What they have seen now is fish without fish and beef without cattle. In a short time, milk without cow’s milk. This means that in Israel many companies specialize in the production of alternative proteins. It’s a global revolution”, specified the president at the headquarters of Steakholder Foods, in Rehovot.
The Israeli government did not specify which company will be in charge of producing the cultivated cow’s milk, but local media say that the one chosen is Remilk.
The Israeli multinational specializes in the production of cultured milk and dairy products. Founded in 2019 by Aviv Wolff and Ori Cohavihas developed a yeast-based fermentation method to make milk proteins with a chemical compound identical to that of the milk traditionally produced by cows.
“The art of Remilk lies in the miracle of fermentation. Fermentation has been used for generations to make various beverages and foods, including beer and bread, and is about using the power of nature (and yeast) to create delicious, sustainable food. We are now harnessing the same fermentation power used to produce alcohol and sourdough to produce the building blocks of our food system: proteins”, Remilk explains on his website.
The company copies the gene responsible for the production of milk proteins in cows and inserts it into yeast. “The result is amazing. The gene acts as a manual, telling the yeast how to produce our protein in a highly efficient way,” the company states.
They then place the yeast in fermenters, where it multiplies rapidly and produces real milk proteins, identical to those produced by cows, which are the basic components of traditional milk. “These valuable proteins are combined with vitamins, minerals, non-animal fats, and sugar (therefore no cholesterol or lactose) to make every imaginable dairy product,” Remilk says.
Last February, the company received the regulatory approval from the Food Authority of Singapore (SFA) and the recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)) that Remilk Non-Animal Whey Protein can be used with security in food products according to its GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) standards.
“We are proud of these regulatory approvals and look forward to continuing our global focus on unlocking the future of food,” said company co-founder and CEO Aviv Wolff.
In 2022, Israel was the second country that invested more money in alternative proteins, after the United States. Israeli startups in the field raised around 54 million dollars in capital, according to a report by Good Food Institutean international non-profit organization that seeks to promote research and innovation in food technology.
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