CULT Food Science announces MOU for supply of cultivated red snapper for pet food brands
CULT Food Science Corp, a company involved in the investment, development, and commercialization of cellular agriculture technologies and products, has just announced a partnership with Umami Meats to supply cultivated red snapper for their newly launched pet food brands.
In collaboration with Umami Meats, the company is including cell-cultivated fish in its cat treat brand, Marina Cat. Cell-cultivated fish ingredients are produced by taking a sample from a fish and then growing and scaling the cells in large bioreactors. This process allows for the creation of fish-based products such as sushi, sashimi, fish balls, fillets, and now, cat treats, without the need for high-impact ocean harvesting. This will be one of the world's first cell-cultivated fish pet products brought to market.
Marina Cat is focused on the health benefits of ocean-derived ingredients that promote longevity and immunity. It's a modern treat for cats, exclusively using cell-based fish and marine ingredients, avoiding ocean-devastating commercial fishing practices.
The availability of Marina Cat treats will be announced in the near future.
"We must take steps to preserve ocean food sources and ecosystems for the long term," said Lejjy Gafour, CEO of CULT. "Fish is heavily used in pet foods and feeds for both land and aquatic animals alike. Being able to replace ocean harvested fish with cell-based sources is a strong solution to relieving the destructive pressures on our aquatic ecosystem. At the same time, it also will let us provide healthier alternatives for our pets."
"As a company focused on advancing cellular agriculture, we are thrilled to partner with Umami Meats to create a new line of pet treats that promotes sustainability and ocean welfare. With Marina Cat, we can offer pet owners a unique and healthy option for their feline companions, while simultaneously reducing the negative impact of traditional pet food on our oceans and marine life. We are excited to collaborate with Umami Meats and bring this innovative product to market," added Joshua Errett, VP Product Development at CULT.
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