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FDA Authorizes Leghemoglobin from Soybeans as an Additive


Soy Leghemoglobin has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for addition to ground beef substitutes derived from vegetable ingredients. Leghemoglobin is used by Impossible Burger to produce a color resembling ground beef.

Impossible Foods filed the color additive petition in early November 2018 and after review of data, the FDA concluded that “there is a reasonable certainty of no harm from this use of so leghemoglobin as a color additive”.

The decision by FDA is subject to a 30-day period for objections to be filed.

If Impossible Burger is allowed to add leghemoglobin to their products, they will be able to market vegetable-based meat substitutes at retail to complement their penetration of the QSR market for substitute beef burgers.

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