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Rat Feeding Study Shows 'Impossible Burger' May Not Be Safe to Eat


 It's already being sold in restaurants and supermarkets in the US. However, the results of a rat feeding study commissioned by Impossible Foods and carried out with SLH suggest that the burger may not be safe to eat. Rats fed the GM yeast-derived SLH developed unexplained changes in weight gain, changes in the blood that can indicate the onset of inflammation or kidney disease, and possible signs of anemia. The he FDA issued a "no questions" letter which is not an assertion by the FDA that the food is safe, but that the company is responsible for the safety of the food. The FDA does not protect consumers. In addition to GMO-derived SLH, the burger now contains GM protein from herbicide-tolerant soy and may contain residues of the "probable carcinogen" glyphosate pesticide. An advocacy group tested Impossible Burger and found that it had 11 times the amount of glyphosate when compared to Beyond Meat, which is a non-GM product.

Rats fed GM yeast-derived protein soy leghemoglobin – the burger's key ingredient – developed signs of toxicity. Report by Claire Robinson and Dr Michael Antoniou