We live in a changing world where many past traditions are now considered unhealthy or even immoral. One of those changed expectations affects meat, not only whether it is good or bad, but the idea that we can call a plant-based product “meat”. Moving beyond the psychology and honesty of this practice, some traditions should never change. One such accepted tradition is that of expecting food production or processing facilities to be clean and safe.
In regards to one producer of faux meat, this accepted tradition appears to have been grossly violated according to a New York Post article from recent weeks. Their article provides the gross details including a number of pictures. Allegations include multiple forms of unsanitary conditions including bacteria and mold growing in the production facility and other contaminants in the final product. Obviously, such conditions are not conducive to producing a healthy final product which is the whole point of eating faux-meat.
I do pray that these allegations are investigated to the point that the public can be confident in the final report, either validating their safety or confirming the gross negligence. Until then, be careful.
If you have known mold toxicity and are partaking of this highly processed food source, you may want to consider if the consumption is triggering any symptom flares. If you don’t have mold toxicity, be aware that while the news may like to highlight contamination of various whole foods, the ultra-processed foods of today have their own potential threats.
While it is easier said than done, the conditions of big industries today more and more push us to look for locally sourced whole foods. While we all want to have our cake and eat it too, we can’t truly have our “meat”, and not eat meat at the same. Research what you should be putting in your mouth and make choices wisely. Your life depends on it.
Beyond Meat factory riddled with mold, other dirty conditions: leaked documents. By Thomas Barrabi. New York Post, Online, Published Nov. 21, 2022. Accessed December 14, 2022. https://nypost.com/2022/11/21/beyond-meat-factory-riddled-with-mold-other-dirty-conditions-leaked-documents/
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