The need for research on the comparison of sensory characteristics between cultured meat produced using scaffolds and meat

Sol-Hee Lee1, Jungseok Choi1,*
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1Department of Animal Science, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju 28644, Korea.
*Corresponding Author: Jungseok Choi. E-mail:

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Received: Nov 07, 2023 ; Revised: Dec 13, 2023 ; Accepted: Dec 17, 2023

Published Online: Jan 11, 2024


Cultured meat is one of the research areas currently in the spotlight in the agricultural and livestock industry, and refers to cells obtained from livestock that are proliferated and differentiated and processed into edible meat. These cell-cultured meats are mainly studied at the lab-scale by culturing them in flasks, and for commercial use, they are produced using scaffolds that mimic cell supports. Scaffolds are broadly divided into fiber scaffolds, hydrogels, and micro-carrier beads, and these are classified according to processing methods and materials. In particular, a scaffold is essential for mass production, which allows it to have appearance, texture, and flavor characteristics similar to meat. Because cultured meat is cultured in a state where oxygen is blocked, it may be lighter in color or produce less flavor substances than edible meat, but these can be compensated for by adding natural substances to the scaffolds or improving fat adhesion. In addition, it has the advantage of being able to express the texture characteristics of the scaffolds that make up the meat in various ways depending on the materials and manufacturing methods of the scaffolds. As a result, to increase consumers' preference for cultured meat and its similarity to edible meat, it is believed that manufacturing scaffolds taking into account the characteristics of edible meat will serve as an important factor. Therefore, continued research and interest in scaffolds is believed to be necessary.

Keywords: Cellular agriculture; Scaffold; Sensory evaluation