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Impossible Whopper Sparks Further Cross-Contamination Debate

by | August 7, 2019

Burger King’s Impossible Whopper, rolled out across the US this week, has sparked debate over cross contamination, as the plant-based patty is broiled on the same grill as meat.

The burger — a collaboration between the fast-food giant and meat-alternative brand Impossible Foods — has become the center of what is an ongoing debate among meat-free eaters.

“Impossible Burger not so impossible,” one Facebook user wrote.

“It is prepared assembled with real beef burgers. This is cross contamination NO vegetarian will accept.”

Another wrote that contact with meat would render the burger “no longer vegan.”

PETA campaign director Ashley Byrne, however, appears to feel differently.

“People are choosing vegan options because they care about animals and the environment,” she said.

“We think that these benefits really override any concerns about cross-contamination —  obviously if someone has an allergy or intolerance, that’s different.”

All of this said, consumers who fall into the category of concern can request that their burger be cooked separately.

Impossible Whopper
The Impossible Whopper can be cooked separately upon request (Photo: Burger King)

Vegan Status?

Despite the fact that the Whopper can be cooked separately, the vegan status of the Impossible Burger itself has been called into question.

The general consensus among vegans is that, while the burger is plant based, it can’t be called vegan due to animal testing which occurred in the early stages of its development.

Is cross contamination a point of concern for you? Do you think the Impossible Burger is vegan? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


2 Responses to “Impossible Whopper Sparks Further Cross-Contamination Debate”

  1. David Perle
    August 7th, 2019 @ 12:27 pm

    Last I heard, they refuse to say that they’ve ended the cruel and deadly lab tests. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not that they “have tested” on animals but DO test on animals. Bear in mind that they were being served by White Castle when those tests had thus-far failed, demonstrating how useless this was from the get-go, NOT required by any law. It is an immense betrayal to animals and to those of us who work every day to help them. Throwing one entire class of animals under the bus (i.e. giving the testing industry the excuse that “even vegans don’t really care about testing if it’s for something that they like, they’re all hypocrites”) in order to help another class is NOT helping animals.

  2. George W
    November 19th, 2019 @ 1:11 pm

    The strictest vegan certification would be vegan kosher. Not only would cross contamination not be permitted but even vegetables would have to be certified free of any insects.

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