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Heme in Impossible Burger approved by US FDA

Image: IF Half Burger, Impossible Foods Press Kit
Image: IF Half Burger, Impossible Foods Press Kit

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the key ingredient in the plant-based burger created by Impossible Foods. Soy leghemoglobin, which releases a protein called heme that gives the burger its red colour and meat-like flavour, is made by Impossible Foods using genetically modified yeast. The FDA’s approval is based on the conclusions drawn by a panel of food safety experts and experimental data submitted by Impossible Foods.

Read the full story here (Business Inside UK) or here (CNBC). A copy of the FDA’s notice to Impossible Foods can be viewed in Impossible Foods press kit, here (click on the folder “IF Safety and Transparency”). See also the Foodsource chapter Focus: the difficult livestock issue.

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