The maker of the Impossible Burger tested its secret sauce in rats. Then PETA went on the attack

first_img Tags policyresearch Privacy Policy Impossible Foods Inc. @damiangarde NewslettersSign up for The Readout Your daily guide to what’s happening in biotech. Trending Now: Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson So, what happened?PETA takes issue with several rat experiments that Impossible Foods conducted to test an ingredient in its products.Part of the reason that the Impossible Burger tastes like beef is because of the secret sauce used to make it: an ingredient called soy leghemoglobin. It’s a protein that contains the molecule heme, which is found in actual meat. By synthesizing heme from the roots of soybean plants, Impossible Foods aims to trick the palate and emulate that burger flavor.The company has for several years sold its products containing the ingredient in restaurants all over the country, and it didn’t need the permission of the Food and Drug Administration to do that. But Impossible Foods wanted to broaden its reach to larger restaurants and grocery stores, so it decided to seek a stamp of approval from the FDA to try to demonstrate that its product is safe to eat.Impossible Foods’ initial effort to do that backfired. The FDA concluded the company’s evidence didn’t pass muster, expressing concern that the ingredient had never been consumed by humans and could potentially be an allergen, according to correspondence reported on last summer by the New York Times.The company determined that it would have to test its special ingredient in animal models in order to get the stamp of approval it wanted from the FDA. So it did so, on a total of 188 rats in three separate experiments. As is typical in medical research, the rats were sacrificed. BusinessThe maker of the Impossible Burger tested its secret sauce in rats. Then PETA went on the attack Please enter a valid email address. Damian Garde By Rebecca Robbins and Damian Garde Aug. 10, 2018 Reprints The animals rights activist group PETA, short for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, might be expected to support that effort. Instead, PETA has become Impossible Foods’ most unlikely adversary, pillorying the company online in recent days.“They mobilized trolls in an attempt to intimidate Impossible Foods and its supporters on social media, bombarded our employees with thousands of auto-generated complaint emails, and tried to disrupt and damage our business,” Impossible wrote in a blog post about the uproar.advertisement About the Authors Reprints One of the major sticking points in the dispute is the question of whether Impossible Foods really needed to do the animal testing. Eisen said the company didn’t have a practical choice if it wanted to achieve its goals. “It was made very clear to us that as we got to larger and larger customers — fast-food chains and institutional clients and ultimately grocery stores — that they would require that we get this [stamp of approval] from the FDA before they would buy our products,” he said.Eisen said that he sees a certain irony in the fact that PETA “would choose to get all petty” and launch “a broadside against the burger.” If the company succeeds in its mission, “we’re going to accomplish way, way, way more in terms of promoting animal safety than PETA has ever accomplished.”For PETA’s part, Guillermo called on Impossible Foods to publicly commit to never conducting animal tests in the future. “Helping animals means helping animals. It does not mean helping some and not others. If their goal is to help animals, they need to do just that,” she said.She added: “If they want food wars, we’re happy to give them food wars.”This story is adapted from a recent episode of STAT’s biotech podcast, “The Readout LOUD.” Like it? Consider subscribing to hear every episode. Exclusive analysis of biopharma, health policy, and the life sciences. Leave this field empty if you’re human: Impossible said it consulted with PETA before undertaking the rat studies and used a PETA-approved contract research organization.The effort seemed to have paid off: The company resubmitted its application and, last month, announced that it had received a “no questions” letter from the agency, essentially saying that its signature ingredient doesn’t raise safety concerns with the regulators.Impossible Foods saw the deaths of the 188 rats as a trade-off for the greater good. PETA saw it as an unacceptable decision. “It’s impossible for PETA to get behind the Impossible Burger,” the group said in a blog post, which along with a video and social media posts, characterized the product as unhealthy, morally compromised, and inferior to a competing veggie burger.Impossible Foods went on the defense. It posted its own blog post and a detailed list of what it says are factual errors in PETA’s communications.And Michael Eisen, a University of California, Berkeley, geneticist and a paid adviser to Impossible Foods, didn’t hold back when it came to arguing with PETA on Twitter.“They chose to really slime Impossible Foods with all sorts of things that were irrelevant and false to back up their claim that animal testing was a bad thing,” Eisen told STAT. (Kathy Guillermo, a senior vice president at PETA, disputed the notion that the group said anything false.) [email protected] National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. STAT+: Is the death of 188 lab rats justifiable if it spares the lives of millions of cows?That’s the question animating a heated war of words between two organizations that share a core value: saving the lives of animals.On one side is Impossible Foods, the Silicon Valley company behind the Impossible Burger and other meatless products that actually taste like meat. The company wants to get more people to eat its burger instead of the usual kind, and, in so doing, spare the lives of countless cows that would otherwise be slaughtered for beef.advertisementlast_img read more

Steeling ahead at AV Dawson

first_imgThe 102,263 sq ft (9,500 sq m) warehouse, which provides a heat and humidity controlled base for the storage of steel components, was launched last year to support the increasing supply of steel coil into Nissan’s facility in Sunderland.AV Dawson managing director Gary Dawson commented: “With the recent media announcements you could be forgiven for thinking the whole UK steel industry was on its knees. However, the requirement for steel coil used to produce cars is very much in demand.”We remain confident in the strength of Teesside and its future, based on the North East’s credentials as a burgeoning European hub for the automotive sector.”From the production of vehicles for Nissan and the opportunities that the Hitachi plant brings to the supply chain companies that surround Teesport, as well as the pledge for the creation of 250 jobs on Teesside through Nifco; the future is looking really positive.”  www.av-dawson.comlast_img read more

Pebble Given Approval For Summer Work, With Strict State Rules

first_imgThe State Department of Natural Resources implemented new requirements after receiving public comment on the proposed mine near the Bristol Bay watershed. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Pebble Limited Partnership will continue fieldwork in Southwest Alaska this summer, with strict state rules surrounding cleanup and monitoring. Pebble is being required to closely monitor  its worksite and recover the area after workers fill previous boreholes and maintain their existing camps. No additional exploration is planned for 2017, but Pebble will have to pledge $2 million to guarantee their cleanup efforts.last_img read more

Jamie Lee Curtis says new Halloween sequel is a horror movie for the #MeToo age

first_imgAndrew Eccles/Universal Pictures(HOLLYWOOD) — In a new cover story for Entertainment Weekly, Jamie Lee Curtis explains how her new Halloween sequel has evolved since the original film in 1978.This time around, Curtis’ Laurie Strode takes on masked murderer Michael Myers with the help of her daughter and granddaughter. She says the film — directed by David Gordon Green and co-written by Green, Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley — is a reflection of the changing times.“I do not believe that when David and Danny and Jeff were writing this, they were looking at it as a way of incorporating the #MeToo movement into this retelling or revisiting of this story,” she tells EW.“I think it is the natural occurrence of a zeitgeist, of a change, of a shift in thought and action which comes from these moments of tremendous cultural change.”Curtis, whose character is suffering from PTSD in the film, says the Halloween sequel will be part of the growing chorus of women reclaiming their own stories.“I didn’t realize it until we were making it, and I realized what Laurie was doing, and that’s very powerful,” she says.Halloween hits theaters October 19.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Prices remain steady

first_imgGOOD quality vealers last week at Baw Baw Livestock Exchange rose three to four cents on average with light store…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

From learner to teacher

first_imgCHRISTINE Campbell was in her 40s and unemployed, and had just moved to Pakenham in 2004. She first came to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Galway Triathlon Club – Supporting the Community

first_imgGalway Triathlon Club (GTC) recently held another successful Aquathon Series which involved six weekly 750m Swim and 5km run events. In total, over 70 members from GTC, Predator Tri Club and Tri Sport took part. As part of engaging with the community, GTC agreed that any funds generated through the Aquathon Series fee would be donated to support the Octopus Swimming Club.Octopus Swimming Club, which was founded in 1981 and based in Kilcornan, Galway, is no ordinary swimming club. It operates using the ‘Halliwick’ concept, which is suitable for all and is particularly suited to people with disabilities – be it spinal cord, amputee, head injury, stroke, spina-bifida, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, visual impairment and also people who are fearful of water – to become “water free”.Mary Arrigan, the founder, explains that “If somebody is in a wheelchair all day, it is great to see their reaction when you put them in water and see their body move and be free. When they start, we teach them to become balanced in the water and to have good breath control so they become relaxed. And when somebody is completely relaxed, they can float and eventually they can move and swim.” The club, which has over forty members ranging in age from 8 to 74 are extremely grateful of the support from Galway Triathlon Club.The Galway Triathlon Committee identified the connection between the clubs with both clubs promoting physical activity through a strong emphasis on swimming, and also social connections. Like GTC members, the members of the Octopus Swimming Club are extremely positive and determined in taking on new challenges.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Pictured is David Kennedy (Octopus Swimming Club) receiving the donation from Karl Prendergast (Galway Tri Club Committee). Also included are Fiona Donovan (GTC and Octopus Swimming Club), Breda Burke (Octopus Swimming Club) and Mary Arrigan-Langan (Octopus Swimming Club Founder).last_img read more

Galway 0-10 Dublin 0-7 – National Camogie League

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway got the defence of their Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 title off to a winning start, coming out the right side of a 0-10 to 0-7 scoreline at TU Blanchardstown. The All-Ireland champions looked rusty but credit must go to a Dublin side that was getting the season under way under new managers John Treacy and Willie Braine without a number of key players for a variety of reasons. Scores proved hard to come by but the visitors led by three moving into the second quarter, points from Rebecca Hennelly (two), Caitriona Cormican and goalkeeper Sarah Healy from a long-distance free giving them the edge. Dublin finished the half strongly though and a couple of points from Sinéad Wylde had them well in touch at the interval, trailing by 0-5 to 0-3. The hosts got to within one of Galway twice in the second period but the experienced All-Ireland champions always put a little bit more daylight between the sides. Martha Donoghue split the posts soon after the resumption and when Carrie Dolan and Niamh Kilkenny stretched the gap to three, Wylde and Kerrie Finnegan got it back to the minimum again with 40 minutes elapsed. Healy landed her second monster point and Hennelly converted two frees for Cathal Murray’s contingent to take the verdict. After the game, Galway manager Cathal Murray spoke to Tommy Devane…last_img read more

Spurs and Liverpool in talks with Malcom as star’s agent flies to England

first_imgMALCOM’S agent is flying to England today to speak with both Tottenham AND Liverpool.The Brazilian wonderkid shone in the French League with Bordeaux last season which has alerted the Premier League’s big guns.2 Malcom had a fine season in France with Bordeaux – but could now be swapping Ligue 1 for the Premier LeagueCredit: AFPThe 21-year-old finished with 12 goals in 35 games from the wing, with seven assists, and now looks set for a move elsewhere.Premium Sports are reporting that the youngster’s agent will hold talks with Spurs and the Reds today.Inter Milan are waiting in the wings if Malcom decides the Premier League isn’t for him.Malcom is braced to leave Bordeaux at the end of the season after revealing in January he had struck an agreement with the club to let him go in the summer to his preferred destination.2 Malcom may just be 21-years-old, but there are a few clubs ready to take the plunge on the £50m-rated wingerCredit: AFPHe has made it no secret that he is eyeing a move to a bigger club, and as well as Spurs, Liverpool and Inter Milan, PSG is another potential favourite for him.Previously speaking to beIN SPORTS, he said: “PSG is the dream too.Most Read In FootballRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashBordeaux attacker Malcom with an embarrassing dive that wins his side a penalty against Lyon”It’s great [to play for] clubs that will always play at a high level; in the Champions League, winning the championship.”Back in January it seemed as though Arsenal were in pole position to snap up the top talent.SunSport reported how the London club had already held talks with the forward over a move to the Emirates.Malcom’s agent hinted an Arsenal move was on the cards by uploading a picture of himself in London with the hashtag “PremierLeague”.Dream Team World Cup – Sign up to win £100kEnter for FREE£50m budget and 20 transfers throughout the tournamentPlay to win £100k top price and a share of £175k prizepotSIGN UP FOR DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP NOWlast_img read more

Stratford wrestling uses eight forfeits to ease past Abbotsford/Colby

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterABBOTSFORD — Stratford won 12 of the 14 matches, eight by forfeit and three by pin, to defeat Abbotsford/Colby 70-12 in a nonconference wrestling dual meet Tuesday night at Abbotsford High School.Jake Drexler (106 pounds), Mason Kauffman (132), and Mark Handrick (152) won by pin for the Tigers.David Marquardt won a major decision 14-0 at 138 pounds, and the rest of the Tigers’ wins were by forfeit.The Tigers host Auburndale in a Marawood Conference match on Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Stratford 70, Abbotsford/Colby 12106: Jake Drexler (S) pinned Rodrigo Cruz in 2:49.113: Jeremy Schoenherr (S) won by forfeit.120: A.J. Schoenfuss (S) won by forfeit.126: Jordan Becker (S) won by forfeit.132: Mason Kauffman (S) pinned Fabian Garcia in 0:57.138: David Marquardt (S) won major dec. over Thomas Carlson 14-0.145: Sam Wenzel (S) won by forfeit.152: Mark Handrick (S) pinned Christian Raasch in 2:41.160: Brock Halopka (AC) pinned Alex Spaeth in 0:12.170: Colin Stuttgen (AC) pinned Ron Drymon in 3:19.182: Kam Bornbach (S) won by forfeit.195: Aiden Hoffman (S) won by forfeit.220: Hunter Kauffman (S) won by forfeit.285: Tyson Kauffman (S) won by forfeit.last_img read more