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Can You Eat Uncooked Impossible Meat?
By Aimee Lamoureux
Impossible Meat, started by Stanford University Professor Dr. Patrick O. Brown, took the plant-based world by storm after launching the Impossible Burger in 2016. Impossible Meat aims to deliver a patty whose umami texture and juicy, savory flavor are indistinguishable from real meat.
Like beef burgers, the Impossible Burger also cooks and sizzles, which has sparked curiosity amongst its patrons who wonder if the heme-based burger is safe to eat rare, or even raw. In short, the answer is yes, but the company has taken an "at-your-own-risk" approach advising customers not to push the boundaries.
A spokesman explained that eating Impossible Meat raw isn't as unsafe as the effects of eating raw beef, but customers should treat it like any other undercooked food. The spokesperson further added that while not fatal, the creators intend Impossible Meat to be cooked, both for the best-tasting and safest experience.