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Popular Beyond Meat Burger Contains Cancer Causing Agent Says FDA Report

Editor’s Note: All, we have been notified of a few errors within the information we tried providing in this piece. We do apologize for any confusion, and are currently in the process of re-writing and editing the article. When the new piece is up, it will be linked to, here. Again, we are truly sorry for any misinformation we may have put out there. It is never our intention to mislead or misinform our readers. Our intention is actually quite the opposite of that.

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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12 thoughts on “Popular Beyond Meat Burger Contains Cancer Causing Agent Says FDA Report”

  • ryann says:

    impossible burger & beyond meat are entirely different companies, this doesn’t make sense.

  • Tess F. says:

    This article is bogus. There is no evidence or citation stating anywhere that Beyond Meat reportedly contains high levels of glyphosate. And Impossible Burgers and Beyond Meat are not the same company nor do they contain the same ingredients. Shoddy reporting!

  • Vikash Singh says:

    Pretty bad reporting here. Where is the evidence and facts?

  • Sheila Yardley says:

    Yes… This article is very poorly written and full of inaccuracies …including mixing up two entirely separate companies & products. Bogus .

  • Carol Schwers says:

    She is mistaken because the generically modified soy is fed to animals and is not used in food products for humans. In addition, the FDA thinks glyphosate is safe and doesn’t test for it in food. My guess is this person was paid to write this article from the animal agriculture industry. Notice the plugging of the real cancerous animal foods….

  • Megan Erynn says:

    It’s gotta be embarrassing to fail so blatantly and epically at your “job” that the internet comment section has to do it for you. I’m not only referring to the atrocious grammatical errors, but to the overall pathetic yet feeble attempt at biased journalism, hardly disguised by faux virtuous intent. Imagine if we lived in a world where claims were researched and proven to be factual or not BEFORE they are spread as truth? Do better, because this isn’t it, this isn’t even close.

  • Beth Hathorn says:

    This has to be a flat out lie! No proof of this chemical to be in either plant based burger’s. After they tell you not to eat it they automatically offer some poor little beings soul to eat instead. Sounds to me like they are afraid of how fast these plant based companies are putting them out of business!

  • Brandon Binczak says:

    Hey editor, instead of posting a broken link to a new article, maybe ALSO take down the completely factless crapas well?

  • T.w. Thompson says:

    Beyond products were sent to Eurofins labs to be tested for the presence of glyphosate and none whatsoever was found. The article is dubious.

  • Consider the Consumer is a BS Site says:

    just pull the article – or maybe you don’t want be taken seriously

  • Shel says:

    Your facts are so bad, why is this article still up? You are using one companies name about another companies product. You need to pull this article that has so many MAJOR facts WRONG starting with the INCORRECT PRODUCT AND COMPANY NAME

  • Nancy Pasha says:

    Hamburger meat is completely safe if it is prepared correctly. All meat has e coli bacteria on it. When you cook a steak, you sear it at a high temp and that kills the e coli bacteria. Ground meat, whether it is beef, turkey or chicken is all ground together, thus the e coli gets into the center of the meat. In order to kill the e coli, you must cook the meat to 165 degrees. Don’t eat undercooked meat. Learn your facts. Beef is a prime source of iron and contains other vitamins and minerals not found in other products.
    Beef is a totally healthy food!

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