An outbreak of salmonella from chicken has caused more than 300 people in 20 states to become ill. Food Safety News reports that the chicken producer, Foster Farms, cancelled yesterday’s press conference at which they were going to discuss plans to prevent further illness.
Well, Beyond Meat is looking for those answers. The company produces vegan chicken products which have been praised by Twitter’s co-founders, Bill Gates and chef and Food Network star Alton Brown, among many others.
Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown has responded to the salmonella outbreak with a promise to consumers. “In the news, we all heard about the chicken salmonella outbreak that hospitalized a lot of people across the country. Salmonella is not unique to the meat industry but it sure seems to like hanging out there. It’s time to make a change. You have the right to safe and clean protein. I can’t control what animal meat producers do in their facilities, but I can promise you that we’ll always put your health and safety first,” he writes on the Beyond Meat site.
Brown even invites the public to come see for themselves where their Beyond Meat “chicken” is coming from. “But don’t take my word for it. Please come visit and watch us make your food. We’re located at 1714 Commerce Court, Columbia, Missouri. Our doors are open for you.”
That’s an invitation that Brown is also challenging chicken producers to extend to the public as well. As Paul McCartney said, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls…” Brown writes, “So now the ball is in your court, Ron Foster (Foster Farms), Donnie Smith (Tyson), Jim Perdue (Perdue), Bill Lovette (Pilgrim’s Pride) and other protein providers. Will you pledge to open your processing facilities to the public?”
Something tells me these companies might not invite the public to come on down to the factory farms.