Following reports of meat found in two vegetarian-marketed products, plant-based business woman Heather Mills has offered to take over food production for one vegan company.
According to the Daily Telegraph, trace amounts of meat were found in Sainsbury's vegetarian meatballs, as well as Wicked Kitchen brand BBQ Butternut Mac, which is sold at Tesco.
One Tesco representative maintains that the chain takes great precautions to avoid cross-contamination - and that no evidence has been found to confirm the publication's claims.
They said: "Our initial DNA tests have found no traces of animal DNA in the BBQ butternut squash product available in stores today."
Nevertheless, plant-based chef, author, vegan, and Wicked Healthy Co-creator Derek Sarno told PBN the reports are 'concerning'.
Having caught wind of the episode, Mills took to Twitter to offer the Sarnos brothers - fellow vegan businesspeople - a helping hand.
She wrote: “Hi @WickedHealthy @Tesco @sainsburys @chadsarno - If you need help @VBitesfoods can take over manufacturing at one of our four 100% plant based factories and prevent this kind of thing from happening...”
Mills is currently in the process of expanding her own plant-based business, VBites, after purchasing 6 hectares from PepsiCo to increase production capacity.
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Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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