Impossible Foods receives ‘milestone’ halal certification

By Ashley Williams

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Impossible Foods' practices and ingredients adhered to Islamic dietary laws
Impossible Foods' practices and ingredients adhered to Islamic dietary laws
US-based meat alternative firm Impossible Foods has gained halal certification from the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) as it bids to make plant-based meats available for those with dietary restrictions.

Halal auditors from IFANCA approved the certification after inspecting Impossible Foods’ manufacturing plant in Oakland, California to examine its facilities, ingredients and the production process.

Following the inspection, the firm deemed that Impossible Foods’ practices and ingredients adhered to Islamic dietary laws.

Impossible Foods chief operating officer David Lee said the certification was a “significant milestone​” for the business.

Our goal is to make plant-based meat available to everyone around the world – including to those who have religious dietary restrictions​,” said Lee. “We’re thrilled that the Impossible Burger can now be served in halal establishments​.”

From 11 December, Impossible Foods will serve its flagship products, including its Impossible Burger, at street food vendor Royal Grill Halal Food in Manhattan, New York. The vendor, which has operated since 2005 by couple Royal and Hira Alam, serves Indian cuisine six days a week.

Impossible Foods’ products are made using simple ingredients, including water, wheat protein, potato protein and coconut oil, as well as heme, which is used to give its products its meaty texture.

Earlier this year, Impossible Foods was certified kosher by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.

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