Pennsylvania Beyond Meat plant has mold, listeria and unsanitary conditions: report

Photos and documents revealed unsanitary conditions at a Beyond Meat Inc. Pennsylvania factory that would play a key role in the company’s expansion.

Pictures taken by a former employee in January and April show spills, unsafe use of equipment, mold on the walls and ingredient bins, Bloomberg reported.

Spreadsheets showed that as recently as December 2021, materials such as wood, metal, plastic and twine were found in food made from the plant.

Products from the facility have tested positive for Listeria, a harmful bacteria, at least 11 times in the past year and in the first half of 2022, the report said.

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Engineered plant-based burger patties from food company Beyond Meat are seen on shelves alongside other meat alternatives at a grocery store in San Ramon, California, August 28, 2019. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)/Getty Images)

The plant was inspected by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in March and September. The company told Fox News Digital that the agency “did not identify any instances of non-compliance.”

“Our food safety and product quality management protocols are rigorous and go beyond industry and regulatory standards,” said a spokesperson for Beyond Meat. “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.”

“In addition, audits conducted by accredited external auditors, most recently in May 2022, have awarded the plant the highest possible rating in each of the last three years,” the spokesperson added.

Just outside of Los Angeles, Beyond Meat Inc. purchased the facility in 2020 and planned upgrades to reduce the cost of manufacturing its hamburger patties, sausages and other plant-based products. Last year, the company submitted plans to the local community to double the size of the facility.

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This photo shows packaging from Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burgers and Beyond Sausage in New York. (AP / AP images)

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Speaking to analysts Nov. 9, Beyond Meat’s chief financial officer Lubi Kutua said the company is “embracing lean business practices.” He added that management is also taking steps to “streamline our manufacturing network to counter what we expect may continue to grow less than previously planned.”

He said he remains confident in Beyond Meat’s “long-term vision to produce meat from plants that are indistinguishable from its animal protein equivalent.”

In early August, Beyond Meat reported net income of $147 million for the second quarter of 2022, down 1.6% from the $149.4 million net income reported for the same period last year. Net loss increased to $97.1 million in the second quarter of 2022 from $19.7 million in the same quarter of 2021, the company reported.

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