NEW YORK (AP) What makes Impossible burgers possible? An engineered ingredient that makes the veggie patty look bloody and one of many new concoctions food regulators expect to see more of in the coming years.
Several new vegetarian products are competing to win over meat lovers, but two California companies Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat are grabbing attention for patties that are red before theyre cooked, making them resemble raw beef.
The ingredient Impossible uses hadnt been sold before, and regulators and the company disagreed about whether its purpose was to add color, or just flavor. The companys cooked burgers have been in restaurants since 2016, but it wasnt until July that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the OK that let Impossible sell its red, uncooked beef in grocery stores.
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