Impossible Foods ingredient deemed ‘safe to eat’ by FDA


By Ashley Williams, GlobalMeatNews



The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declared that Impossible Foods’ key ingredient soy leghemoglobin is safe to consume, following an extensive review.


Impossible Foods received a “no questions​” letter from the FDA that concluded that its key ingredients to manufacture its plant-based protein products were compliant with food safety regulations.


The FDA reviewed comprehensive test data about soy leghemoglobin to assess its status as “generally recognised as safe” – otherwise known as GRAS.


As a standard process, the FDA posted a 1,066-page submission from Impossible Foods on its website for public review, which was assessed by FDA researchers.


Soy leghemoglobin, which carries the molecule heme, gives Impossible Foods’ plant-based protein products its meaty texture and taste.


Impossible Foods said the company has prioritised safety and transparency since it was founded in 2011, and its flagship product, The Impossible Burger, complied with all regulations before it became publicly available...