First reaction: lab-made burger lacks flavor

LONDON (AP) — They bit, they chewed, but had hoped for more flavor.

Two volunteers who participated in the first public frying of hamburger grown in a lab said Monday that it had the texture of meat but was short of flavor because of the lack of fat.

Mark Post, whose team at Maastricht University in the Netherlands developed the burger, hopes that making meat in labs could eventually help feed the world and fight climate change.

Sergey Brin, a co-founder of Google, announced that he funded the 250,000-euro ($330,000) project because of his concern for animal welfare.

Austrian nutritionist Hanni Ruetzler, one of the testers, says it was “close to meat” but “not that juicy.” U.S. journalist Josh Schonwald made similar comments.

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122-a-11-(Hanni Rutzler, food researcher from Austria, at news conference on stem cell burger)-”not that juicy”-Food researcher Hanni Rutzler, who tasted the cultured burger, says it’s close to the real thing but not quite there. (5 Aug 2013)

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123-a-15-(Josh Schonwald (SHOHN’-wahld), food writer, at news conference on stem cell burger)-”like conventional hamburger”-Food writer Josh Schonwald says the cultured burger bites well, but there’s a little missing in the taste. ((longer version of cut in wrap)) (5 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO LON807: A new Cultured Beef Burger made from cultured beef grown in a laboratory from stem cells of cattle, is held by the man who developed the burger, Professor Mark Post of Netherland’s Maastricht University, during a the world’s first public tasting event for the food product in London, Monday Aug. 5, 2013. The Cultured Beef could help solve the coming food crisis and combat climate change according to the producers of the burger which cost some 250,000 euros (US dlrs 332,000) to produce. (AP Photo / David Parry, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT – NO SALES – NO ARCHIVES (5 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO LON812: American author and journalist Josh Schonwald, tastes a burger made from cultured beef grown in a laboratory from stem cells of cattle during the world’s first public tasting event for the new food product in London, Monday Aug. 5, 2013. The cultured beef burger has been developed by Professor Mark Post of Netherlands Maastricht University, not pictured. The Cultured Beef could eventually help solve the coming food crisis and combat climate change according to the producers of the burger which cost some 250,000 euros (US dlrs 332,000) to produce. (AP Photo / David Parry, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT – NO SALES – NO ARCHIVES (5 Aug 2013)

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