A leaked internal document revealed Beyond Meat products manufactured at the plant had tested positive for the harmful bacteria Listeria at least 11 times in the second half of 2021 and the first half of this year, Bloomberg reported on Monday.
The document was reportedly provided by a former employee who was worried about conditions in the plant, which is located within an hour of Philadelphia. Two other ex-employees confirmed that bacteria had been found at the facility.
The outlet also obtained internal documents stating that various contaminants, including string, metal, wood and plastic, had been found in Beyond Meat products produced at the plant as recently as last December.
Bloomberg published photos from inside the facility that were provided by a former employee. The pictures showed “what appear to be spills, unsafe use of equipment, and mold on walls and ingredient containers,” according to the report.
The media moved on to the next latest thing.
Beyond Meat shares have dropped ~83% this year while sales have stagnated, per The New York Times.
– In October, it laid off 200 workers, or ~19% of its workforce.
– The company lost four execs, including the COO, who was accused of biting a man’s nose during a fight.
Employees also told The Wall Street Journal that CEO Ethan Brown, who founded Beyond Meat in 2009, rushed timelines, resulting in wasted resources and unenthused customers.
But it’s not just Beyond Meat
Brazilian meatpacker JBS announced it would shutter its plant-based arm in October, while Kellogg’s Morningstar Farms has seen sales drop, reportedly over supply chain issues.
While Green politicians have condemned meat eating, the social reality is different, with nearly the entire German population eating meat on a regular basis. However, agricultural and green policies are stifling German meat production, making Germany wholly dependent on meat from foreign countries; this is creating a new dependence similar to Germany’s reliance on Russian gas, which turned out to be a catastrophic mistake.
As Beyond Meat and Oatly “have found the most recent fiscal quarter a rough one for their plant-based meat and milk” … FDA approves lab grown “meat”.
A 70,000sq ft facility that grows enough protein gunk to feed 227 people for one year.
Sustainability on steroids, that.
— Katewerk (@katewerk) November 17, 2022
Get this poor man a hambooger: A top executive at plant-based food company Beyond Meat was arrested after he allegedly chomped down on a man’s nose during a fight outside Razorback Stadium in Arkansas Saturday.
Julian Mellentin, author of a new report, “Failures – and what you can learn from them”, published by New Nutrition Business, said there are about 10 common causes of failure in the business of nutrition and health and “many plant meat makers have made most of them”.
He researched the financials of a sample of 100 plant-based meat brands in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
“Not one was showing any sign of making a profit, even after five or more years in business,” Mellentin said.
“And those with the fastest-growing sales also had the fastest-growing losses.”
It seems the last one didn’t take.
A Dutch city will become the first in the world to ban meat adverts from public spaces in an effort to reduce consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Haarlem, which lies to the west of Amsterdam and has a population of about 160,000, will enact the prohibition from 2024 after meat was added to a list of products deemed to contribute to the climate crisis.
Vegetarian Food Giant Amy’s Kitchen: “The document alleged that employees weren’t able to freely use the bathroom or access clean drinking water, among other workplace safety violations.
Health Canada plan to require warning labels on ground beef, pork raises concerns
New Zealand has unveiled a plan to tax sheep and cattle burps in a bid to tackle one of the country’s biggest sources of greenhouse gases.
It would make it the first nation to charge farmers for the methane emissions from the animals they keep.
New Zealand is home to just over five million people, along with around 10 million cattle and 26 million sheep.
Almost half the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, mainly methane.
However, agricultural emissions have previously not been included in New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme, which has been criticised by those calling for the government to do more to stop global warming.
Provincial prairie governments are as behind on this curve as they were on energy. The Marxist climate/cultural agenda has been embedded in our schools and universities for two decades, their salaries and curriculum funded by the very people they seek to destroy — all while our elected “conservative” representatives inexplicably sit on their hands.
Beyond Meat Inc’s (BYND.O) quarterly losses ballooned, as the plant-based protein maker spent heavily on product launches and offered big discounts as it tried to guard its market share against deep-pocketed players and nimble upstarts.
The company’s stock slid 20% in extended trading on Wednesday, as Beyond Meat reported a gross margin of 0.2% for the first quarter ended April 2, a 30 percentage point slide from a year earlier.
They got millions worth of free product placement in the news cycle, and people still won’t eat the crap.
From Jordan Peterson’s appearance on Joe Rogan the other day.
… and. Here. She. Is.
In a sense, I can’t believe I’m writing this article. From a scientific perspective, this issue has been firmly settled. The answer is very clearly “NO!”. And yet, if I google “is saturated fat unhealthy?”, then seven of the top nine results proclaim with great certainty that “yes, it is”.
Here’s what the NHS says to people living in the UK: “Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease.”
And here’s what the US government tells its citizens: “Eating too many foods high in saturated fats can be bad for your health. By replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats, you may lower your risk of getting heart disease.”
To be fair, the US government doesn’t sound quite as confident as the UK health authorities. There’s a lot of “can” and “may” in that sentence. Which is actually a bit funny, when you consider that it was the US government that got the whole world to cut down on saturated fats in the first place.
Interestingly, none of the self-appointed fact checking organizations that have sprung up in recent years has yet tried to pull the NHS or the US government off the internet for spreading misinformation.
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Zerohedge- Beyond Meat Implodes After Reporting Catastrophic Q3 Sales
Confirming yesterday’s observation that the market is quick and merciless to punish any and all stocks that miss expectations this quarter, moments ago (former growth stock) Beyond Meat plunged 14% after reporting preliminary net revenue for third quarter of about $106 million, missing the estimate of $134.3 million by about 30%, and a huge disappointment to the company’s prior guidance which was $120 million to $140 million.
People don’t like fake meat?
Restauranteurs in California are getting very concerned that a meat staple of many dishes, especially in breakfast-centred restaurants, is going to be gutted from their menus in January. Beginning then, much of the U.S. pork production will be prohibited from sale in the state. In Iowa, for example, a major pork supplier for California, it is estimated only four per cent of the state’s hog production operations will be able to ship into California.
In 2018, voters passed a measure mandating more space where pigs, laying hens and veal calves were raised. Pig producers have been loath to spend the hundreds of millions of dollars required to overhaul production barns and systems to meet a law they didn’t believe would stand. The Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution prohibits one state from restraining trade among other states.
Many expected such a blatant move by California to set its own restrictive production standards and impose them on other states’ producers would be disallowed. But a lawsuit filed by the North American Meat Institute and joined by attorneys general in multiple states lost in California’s district court, lost at the very liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.
A new re-analysis of the science concerning links between processed meat and chronic disease indicates that studies showing a relationship between the two are very low quality and suffer from, as the authors put it, “serious risk of bias and imprecision.”
This conclusion is unsurprising, as it follows a recent set of analyses that rocked the nutrition world. That earlier set of studies, published in Annals of Internal Medicine earlier this month, concluded that guidelines warning us to consume less red and processed meat are based on evidence with very low certainty. The researchers who performed those analyses asserted there is no way to determine, for any given individual, what the risks or benefits of eating meat might be.
Whiplash injuries on the rise as public attempts to follow the science.