Berlin, Germany-headquartered Bluu Seafood (formerly Bluu Biosciences) on August 9 announced that its market-ready fish sticks and balls made from cultivated fish cells will soon enter the regulatory approval process. The products contain cultured fish cells as the main ingredient and have been enriched with plant proteins to optimize cooking results and mouthfeel for consumers.
The company is aims to receive initial approval and launch in the Singapore market by the end of 2023. It will also apply for approval in the United States, United Kingdom and European Union.
In addition to fish balls and fish fingers, Bluu Seafood has also developed fish fillet and sashimi prototypes. The company’s offerings are made using animal serum-free growth media and are based on proprietary, non-GMO trout and salmon cell lines.
“With the completion of our first products, we can demonstrate visible and edible results after less than two years of being operational. This officially makes us the first company in Europe to produce cultivated fish,” said Dr. Sebastian Rakers, founder and chief executive officer.
As a pioneer at the intersection of biotechnology and food technology, Bluu Seafood’s research and development team cooperates closely with the Fraunhofer Institute for Marine Biotechnology and Cell Technology (EMB; now Fraunhofer IMTE) in Lübeck.