Air NZ Giving Regulators The Middle Finger And Serves Vegan Burger

by | July 20, 2018

The Vegan Burger Is Hitting The Skies

As first reported in the Daily Blog NZ – Air New Zealand is disregarding federal regulators, and serving the genetically engineered vegan burger on their LAX to Auckland international flights.

The burger, produced by Impossible Foods, that has realistic blood due to the manufacturing process using yeast, causing it to sizzle when cooked, is cooking up a storm of its own.

Documents accessed by Friends of the Earth under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) state that the “FDA believes that the arguments presented, individually and collectively, do not establish the safety of SLH for consumption, nor do they point to a general recognition of safety.” The FDA also noted that soybean is one of the most common allergenic foods.


Offering it on an aircraft sidelines the approval framework required of consumer food safety,” said Claire Bleakley, President of GE-Free NZ


The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to approve the ingredients in the new Impossible Vegan Burger and warns consumers against potential allergies that could arise from eating something that is foreign to them.

It is concerning that Air New Zealand is using its passengers as guinea pigs to trial the burger,” said Claire Bleakley, “The consumer preference for plant-based eating is based on ethical and genuine sustainability reasons.

It is not yet known if Air New Zealand has informed passengers of the unregulated ingredients, yet, we’re assuming the passengers know it’s a vegan burger.

The GE product has failed to meet the regulatory safety standards and the decision to sell it makes Air New Zealand responsible if harm occurs,” said Mrs. Bleakley

Whilst we applaud the move to vegan diets on Air New Zealand flights, the question needs to be asked as to why Air NZ would put itself in the position of ignoring other delicious innovative plant-based non-GE burgers, fitting the New Zealand Brand?

Yet, the more pressing question at the moment is, how soon can we get on an Air NZ flight to get our hands on the vegan burger?

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One Response to “Air NZ Giving Regulators The Middle Finger And Serves Vegan Burger”

  1. Lori
    July 24th, 2018 @ 10:54 am

    Impossible Burger is plant based, but not vegan.

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