A petition has been launched asking Canadian fast food chain A&W to make its Beyond Burger sandwich '100 percent vegan-friendly'.
The high-tech patty launched in the chain's almost Canadian100 outlets on July 9, in a build featuring lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, ketchup, mustard, burger sauce and mayo.
While many fans have positively reviewed the sandwich, others have given it a miss, because of cross-contamination issues with the cooking process. The plant-based patty is reportedly cooked alongside meat on the same grill. In addition, the mayo and burger sauce contain animal secretions.
The petition, which has garnered more than 1,200 signatures - beating its goal of 1,000, says: "A&W Canada has announced that it will be launching the popular plant based vegan Beyond Burger patty on July 9.
Unfortunately, A&W has also stated that the burger patty will be cooked on the same grill as animal meat products, and contain non-vegan condiments including mayo & A&W's 'Uncle Sauce'.
"Please sign and ask A&W to make its Beyond Burger 100 percent vegan by using only vegan condiments, making sure to use a vegan bun, and setting aside a separate space on the grill for non-animal based ingredients. Vegan alternatives for the condiments and a cheese topping if desired are plentiful, delicious, and cruelty-free."
You can sign the petition here
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