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Last week, we brought you news of an E. Coli outbreak in ground beef and suggested what we thought was a healthier option, Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger. However, that brand of veggie protein based “meat” product isn’t necessarily a good for your, either.
Over the weekend, we learned that the company is not only using genetically modified soy in its products, it is also using glyphosate, an ingredient the World Health Organization says is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The State of California concurs.
While this may be news to us, it isn’t news to green and clean eating blogs like Living Maxwell, who discovered in 2017 that the FDA was concerned about the product’s safety, according to documents discovered under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Glyphosate is a familiar cancer causing agent to Consider The Consumer readers. Our reporting shows glyphosate to be the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer. Earlier this month a couple was awarded the largest settlement, over $2 billion, in a suit against the the product’s maker. It is one of a number of large settlements with thousands of cases still pending. Beyond Meat Burger reportedly contains high levels of glyphosate. The chemical isn’t safe in low levels, either, as it potentially causes fatty liver disease.
So what to do about the burger situation at this year’s Memorial Day barbecue? There’s always ground turkey and ground chicken, neither of which have recalls at present time. There’s ground lamb, although it is a bit more costly than other meat products. But, if you are health conscious and are truly looking for a vegan alternative, Living Maxwell recommends Hillary’s Veggie Burgers and Don Lee Farms products, both are GMO and glyphosate free.
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