According to internal documents and photos leaked to Bloomberg Monday, the Pennsylvania facility appears to have mold, listeria and other food safety issues.
Internal documents show that Beyond Meat products tested positive for Listeria 11 times between the second half of 2021 and the first half of 2022, according to the report. Documents were presented by a former employee and corroborated by two former employees who asked to remain anonymous.
According to Bloomberg, string, metal, wood and plastic were found in food between January and April this year. Photos also show mold and a bizarre photo of an overturned trolley in a large hopper connected to manufacturing facilities.
The report comes amid a surge in popularity of plant-based meat alternatives in recent years. companies such asaim to make meat-like products with vegan ingredients and say it’s better for the environment as livestock accounts for a large chunk of greenhouse gas emissions. chain restaurants such as , and have introduced plant-based meat options for vegetarian consumers or those looking to limit their meat consumption. With the expansion to other meats, such and It is estimated that the plant-based meat industry will grow to $15.8 billion by 2028.
Beyond Meat defended the health of its facility.
“Our food safety and product quality management protocols are rigorous and go beyond industry and regulatory standards,” a Beyond Meat spokesman said in a statement. “Recent inspections of the facility by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (in March and September 2022) did not identify any instances of non-compliance and we remain in good standing with the Department.”
The statement also said that audits conducted by an “accredited third party” had given the plant the highest possible rating every year for the past three years.
Last year, Beyond Meat products at A&W restaurants and Costco locations in Canada had to be recalled due to wood content. For now, Beyond Meat has plans to expand its Pennsylvania facility, even as the company sees layoffs due to slowing sales.
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