Impossible Foods applies for approval to sell GMO plant-based burgers in New Zealand

Image: Morels Cafe

The American food technology company Impossible Foods has applied to the food safety regulator for approval of its genetically engineered imitation blood ingredient in New Zealand.

Impossible Foods, makers of the plant-based meat alternative the Impossible Burger, applied to Foods Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) on December 20 to allow the ingredient, called leghemoglobin which is derived from genetically engineered soy, to be used here.

[Editor’s note: Read this article to learn how heme is made from GMO soy.]


Leghemoglobin is produced from the fermentation of a bacteria called Picha Pastoris for use in plant-based “meat analogue” products to make them look and taste like real meat.

Related article:  Video: Organic vs conventional farming—do we have to pick one or the other?

Beyond Meat, a competitor to Impossible Foods, is selling the Beyond Burger in New Zealand supermarkets. It is made from pea protein and does not contain the controversial [GMO ingredient].

Read the original post here.

Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
Genetics Unzipped
Infographic: Deaths from COVID-19 are far higher than reported estimates

Infographic: Deaths from COVID-19 are far higher than reported estimates

More than 2.8 million people have lost their lives due to the pandemic, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
glp menu logo outlined

Newsletter Subscription

Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend