You Are Eating Fermented Mold — Popular Vegetarian Meat Company Hit with False Advertising Lawsuit

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Quorn products are not made from quinoa, soy, or other recognizable foods, but rather mycoproteins, a controversial ingredient linked to several different health problems.

For vegetarians (especially new ones), it is often a challenge to find convenient, meat-free products to serve as a main course, which makes it especially disappointing when one big corporations end up lying about the ingredients that make up their favorite products. Many people turn to the convenience of meat-style products ranging from vegans sausages to mock chicken strips and chicken nuggets in order to make the transition.But are they really getting something healthier, or just an inferior-quality processed food product devoid of real nutrition?

In a recent lawsuit, a vegetarian “meat” company Quorn Foods Inc. has been accused of pretending their main ingredient, called mycoprotein, is a type of a mushroom, when in reality the ingredient is actually a fancy name for a type of mold.

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Several people have reported getting sick after consuming Quorn products, which contain the mycoproteins.

Quorn’s meat substitute products such as meat-less sausages, “chik’n” bites, and “fish-less” fingers are sold in big chains such as Whole Foods all over the country, some European countries, and Australia.

On their packages, such as the one for Chik’n Nuggets they proudly announce the following:

“Chik’n Nuggets are made with mycoprotein (‘myco’ is Greek for ‘fungi’) and are completely meatless & soy-free. There are believed to be over 600,000 varieties of fungi in the world, many of which are among the most sought after foods like varieties of mushrooms, truffles, and morels.”

The label is extremely misleading, the lawsuit alleges, because the two claims made are technically not false: mycoprotein is derived from a fungi, and mushrooms are the most well-known and eaten type of fungi. But by putting the two sentences together, Quorn makes it sounds like mycoprotein is just like a type of a mushroom, which it is not. It allegedly is the other type of fungi – mold, believe or not.

The recent lawsuit, filed in the state of California, claims exactly that – false advertisement, tricking the customers into buying a mold-based food while believing it is mushroom-based.

Plaintiff Kimberly Birbower claimed that mycoprotein is “a brand name coined by Quorn for an ingredient that is actually fermented soil mold with added vitamins and flavors…Quorn’s representations on its boxes are clearly designed to deceive consumers…”


 What is Mycoprotein?

“Mushrooms are as distantly related to Quorn’s fungus as humans are to jellyfish,” told a Cornell University mycologist to the FDA.

Mycoprotein is made from a fungus called Fusarium venenatum, which was first discovered in a soil sample. Ironically “venenatum” in Latin means “filled with venom.”

The controversial ingredient was then created by a U.K. scientist who thought there would be a protein shortage soon. The fungus is fermented with oxygen, glucose, and nutrients to make mycoprotein.

Mycoprotein was approved for human consumption in 1985 and Quorn adopted it as the main ingredient in their product line. It became available in the U.S. in 2002, but many people still don’t realize how the product is actually made.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved mycoprotein and classified it as GRAS or “Generally Recognized as Safe.”

But as the studies and customer complaints show, it may not be anything but safe after all.


 Quorn Products Have Been Linked to Adverse Reactions for Decades

Warning: This product might cause severe diarrhea or vomiting, or a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction; an allergy might develop only after consuming the product several times.

This is not the warning label on Quorn products, but from The Center for Science in The Public Interest (CSPI), a non-profit food-safety organization.

The CSPI has been collecting medical studies from as early as 1977 and customer complaints on their site that showed Quorn products cause adverse reactions in almost 5% of the consumers: vomiting, nausea, stomach pains, hives, breathing difficulties, asthmatic reactions, blood in bodily fluids, and allergic reactions.

One of the customers describes that after eating Quorn she was “violently ill” for at least two days with non-stop vomiting, sweating, and experiencing diarrhea: “It was traumatic…Had there been a warning, I would never have eaten that.  I am NOT allergic to eggs, wheat or milk.  I eat those daily.  This product could kill someone that couldn’t handle what I went through.”

Photo via Meat Free Mom

Photo via Meat Free Mom showing the controversial Quron label.

It has been estimated than more people are allergic to Quorn products than any other big allergens: shellfish, milk, peanuts, gluten, other nuts, fish, eggs, and soy.

CSPI wrote to the FDA multiple times to ask them to “revoke the GRAS status of mycoprotein and get this dangerous product off of grocery store shelves.”

The FDA ignored the letters, but in 2015 Quorn had to add a warning label that their products can cause an allergic reaction after one customer died after consuming their products.

Quorn Has Been Sued Before for an Allergy-Related Death

In 2015 Quorn was sued by the parents of 11-year-old boy Miles Bengco who died shortly after consuming a Quorn’s Turk’y Burger product. The child experienced an asthma attack prior to his passing.

The lawsuit says that Quorn’s products was poison for Miles: “desperate medical measures undertaken thereafter were unavailing. Neither Miles’ family nor his emergency doctors knew or had any reason to suspect that Miles was reacting to his ingestion of a massive amount of mold.” 

Quorn has vigorously denied the allegations, as this article notes.

But after hearing the story of Miles and at least 2,000 consumers who have written about experiencing an adverse reaction from Quorn, the CSPI is urging everyone to stop buying Quorn products.

 “There are plenty of nutritious, safe, and environmentally-friendly meat substitutes, made with soybeans, mushrooms, legumes, rice, and other real food ingredients. It’s crazy to knowingly allow a potent new allergen into the food supply yet that’s exactly what the FDA has done,”said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson.

The new lawsuit threatens to derail record sales by Quorn, which saw an increase of 6% in the UK in January according to the Press Association, while revenues in the United States increased by a whopping 64% last month.




14 Responses to “You Are Eating Fermented Mold — Popular Vegetarian Meat Company Hit with False Advertising Lawsuit”

  1. bluefeather says:

    Guess it’s just vegetables, seeds, nuts and fruit with a few herbs from now on….
    now they need to go after Senomyx, and the food manufacturers that use their “flavourings” derived from human fetuses. HEK293 – human embryonic kidney.
    No, I couldn’t believe it either, and had to research further for it to sink in. These creatures are beyond evil, in their eugenics mindset, to contemplate using humans, killing and feeding them to humans in such a covert and disgusting way is beyond most people’s understanding. Soylent Green, a film from 1973, would now seem a warning of things to come.
    BOYCOTT all retailers selling these flavourings, manufacturers to include Kraft, Cadbury Adams, PepsiCo

  2. TonyC says:

    Did you know that dogs and chickens will not eat Quorn products?
    I have known this for some time as a friends son who is vegetarian used to like Quorn Sausages. They kept chickens and dogs that would be given kitchen scraps but they never touched the Quorn. I have tried to find info on the ‘dark side’ of Quorn but this is the first I have come across!

  3. Gordon says:

    I stopped eating Quorn products ages ago when I realized it was giving me acid reflux. Been fine ever since.

    • Men Scryfa says:

      Says it all. Wasn’t that Mrs Linda McCartney pushing Quorn, have I got that right?

      • TonyC says:

        Did you know that Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Pies were originally made by ‘Walls’…..[as in ice-cream and meat product] very vegetarian! That’s why most ‘Health Shops’ including Holland and Barret would not stock them.
        The McCartney’s gave the impression that they had their own factory.

      • Hi Men Scryfa

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        9. Entities that come in when a baby is born. Although it is not mentioned much, whenever a baby is born, entities gather around. Unortunately, newborns are vulnerable to entity attachment. It could even happen before birth, but it definitely happens at and right after birth.

        Most of these entities are placeholder, crutch or another type of beneficial entity today, but not always. Having your baby at home, if possible, prevents some of this, but not all. Loving parents, by the way, serve as a protective shield to keep some entities away from babies and children. This is one reason many babies like to sleep in the same room, or even the same bed as a parent. It is also a reason to always watch your children carefully, and never let them out of your sight. Also be very careful with whom you leave your children such as babysitters, day care centers, schools, etc.

        10. Sexually related entities. Some entities love being inside a woman’s vagina, or perhaps inside a man. When people have sex, particularly casual sex with people not their spouse, entity attachment is extremely common. It almost goes with the territory. This is a powerful reason to not engage in casual sex, even if you are single and unattached. It is very easy for entities to attach during and after sexual intercourse. For one thing, the person is vulnerable. For another, sex always depletes the body to a degree, and this greatly favors entity attachment.

        11. Stress entities that come in when one is ill, malnourished or hungry, dehydrated, angry, resentful or depressed. This is unfortunate, but whenever the body is out of balance, it is far easier for certain entities to attach themselves to that body. This is an important reason to always keep yourself well hydrated, well-fed, well-rested and relaxed as much as possible.

        Many people, for example, go on a vacation to relax. However, the trip is stressful, the food is not as good as home-cooked, one drinks some alcohol, perhaps, and stays up late because one does not have to go to work the next day, and perhaps has more sex than usual. The result is entity attachment, that can remain for years.

        12. Meatless-related entities. This will sound odd, but eating meat blocks the entrance or attachment of some types of entities. One may call these vegetarian entities. In other words, if one does not eat red meat, in particular, certain entities find it easy to enter the head area, in particular. This occurs with many vegetarians, who find themselves less able to think clearly, for example.

        This is an important reason to eat red meat at least twice or three times weekly, and it is another danger of vegetarian diets. It is particularly important in blood type O people, who need more red meat, in general, than others. Eating eggs, cheese, milk, or yogurt will not help. One must eat meat, particularly red meats such as lamb. It is part of the special reasons why lamb is used in Jewish and some Christian and other religious feasts and ceremonies. It is a method of exorcism or entity release.


  4. TonyC says:

    A lot of people do not realize, especially vegetarians that Soy is also toxic [search Soy toxic] In Japan they know that Soy has to be fermented for three years to make it edible. Look on the labels of good quality Soy Sauce, Miso etc. It will say fermented for three years in oak barrels. Vegetarians are victims of Soy propaganda, even the method of Soy extraction is toxic.
    ‘Hexane is a byproduct of gasoline refining. It is a neurotoxic, highly flammable, volatile chemical that is used in industrial glues and cleaning solutions. It can also be found in gasoline and numerous other consumer products, mostly adhesives, sealants and coatings, such as Krylon and Rust Oleum. But the most common use of hexane is as a solvent to extract the oils from nonorganic soy, canola and corn.’

    ‘perhaps the most disturbing use of hexane-extracted ingredients is in the manufacture of infant formula, with The Cornucopia Institute noting that “nearly every major ingredient in conventional soy-based infant formula is hexane extracted.”

    Here are some more quotes from a researcher:

    ‘Soy was never meant for human consumption. What’s wrong with soy? It contains three potent estrogens (isoflavones), hemaggluttin, clot-promoting toxin, phytates which inhibit the absorption of important minerals (calcium, zinc and magnesium), trypsin (enzyme) inhibitors, an unidentified protein called “soyatoxin” and the protein of soy is very poor and largely unusable due to processing. Soymilk contains 100 times more aluminum than breast or cow milk and can cause permanent genitalia defect in babies. Giving and infant soymilk is like giving him or her five birth control pills a day.’

    ‘Only one oz of soy protein consumed daily causes breast abnormalities due to soy’s powerfully estrogenic effects ‘

    ‘Pregnant animals fed soy protein produced offspring with deformed sex organs and a life-long ‘estrogen syndrome’ (e.g. increased incidence of thyroid disease, bone loss, gallbladder disease, cancer, infertility and heart disease).’

    ‘The effect of soy protein isolate was evaluated of pre- and post-menopausal women. The results showed increased breast secretion (the effect of estrogen), increased hyperplastic epithelial cells in the breast fluid (a pre-cancerous sign) and increased plasma estradiol. This study demonstrates the strong estrogenic properties of soy protein’

    ‘Soy is an anti-thyroid substance: Hypothyroidism and goiters were reported in infants receiving soy-containing formula (Valentine, Tom, 1997). Thyroid function was studied in people consuming soy. Soy was found to cause thyroid suppression and goiters in many studies’
    ‘Soy protein, especially unfermented soy protein (tofu, soy milk, soy beans) contain the highest amount of phytic acid of any known substance. This acid blocks mineral absorption: especially zinc, but also calcium magnesium, and iron. Only a long period of fermentation will significantly reduce the phytate content of soybeans ‘

    ‘Use of soy milk in infants produces a severe mineral deficiency, especially of zinc and. In addition, soy formula contains 100 times more Aluminum than unprocessed milk ‘

    This is really disturbing! Yet there are people I know who will ignore you when you inform them of this. No wonder they become ill!

  5. Lynn says:

    This is no mistake…it is a plan..poisoning us on every product we eat/use. They have missed nothing and no exactly what they are doing. Be vigilant and try to get as much information out there. We are being abused…by the very people paid to serve US.. This is all out war.

  6. TonyC says:

    While we are on the subject how many people are aware that Rapeseed Oil and Canola Oil [genetically modified Rapeseed Oil from Canada] are toxic to human health.
    Rapeseed Oil was only ever used for industrial purpose until a couple of years ago [WD-40]. If you look on your supermarket shelves you will find the oil in most products have been substituted with Rapeseed Oil.
    In fact Sainsbury’s now stock Virgin Rapeseed Oil, Organic no less and Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil.
    WD-40 fried chips anyone?
    I have even heard TV ‘chefs’ recommending it.
    I heard one say ” I like to use Rapeseed Oil because it is light and it is English!”
    And so is WD-40!
    Rapeseed Oil is also used as insecticide.
    Read this Canola Report:

    “Rape seed oil is a penetrating oil, to be used in light industry, not for human consumption. It contains a toxic substance. Even after the processing to reduce the erucic acid content, it is still a penetrating oil. We have found that it turns rancid very fast. Also it leaves a residual rancid odor on clothing. ”

    ” Rape seed oil used for stir-frying in China found to emit cancer causing chemicals. (Rapeseed oil smoke causes lung cancer) ‘

    ” Our Father bred birds, always checking labels to insure there was no rape seed in their food. He said, “The birds will eat it, but they do not live very long.”

    ” We also haven’t seen any further reports of “Mad Cow” since rape oil was removed from the feed. ”

    ” Rapeseed oil is poisonous to living things and is an excellent insect repellent. I have been using it (in very diluted form, as per instructions) to kill the aphids on my roses for the last two years. It works very well; it suffocates them. Ask for it at your nursery. Rape is an oil that is used as a lubricant, fuel, soap and synthetic rubber base and as a illuminate for color pages in magazines. It is an industrial oil. It is not a food. Rape oil, it seems, causes emphysema, respiratory distress, anemia, constipation, irritability, and blindness in animals and humans. ”

    ” A friend, who worked for only 9 mo. as a quality control taster at an apple-chip factory where Canola oil was used exclusively for frying, developed numerous health problems. These included loose teeth & gum disease; numb hands and feet; swollen arms and legs upon rising in the morning; extreme joint pain especially in hands, cloudy vision, constipation with stools like black marbles, hearing loss; skin tears from being bumped; lack of energy; hair loss and heart pains. It has been five years since she has worked there and still has some joint pain, gum disease, and numbness. ”

    ” My daughter and her girls were telling jokes. Stephanie hit her mom’s arm with the back of a butter knife in a gesture, “Oh mom” not hard enough to hurt. My daughters arm split open like it was rotten. She called me to ask what could have caused it. I said, “I’ll bet anything that you are using Canola oil”. Sure enough, there was a big gallon jug in the pantry. ”

    I could go on and on but you get the idea!
    Some say that the only safe fats to use these days are Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil and Butter.

    Some more info here:

    • Another incredible comment, well encapsulating the essence of the issues.In a digestible form and not too long. Bringing together loads of important interesting facts. Plus solutions.
      many thanks for your soy and rapeseed comments Tony!

    • When i get round to making the alternative medicine blog. Which is in its embryonic stage. And will grow in fits and starts and maybe have periods where i do nothing. I would really like us to synergystically put coresearch things to clarify matters, strategies. Get at truth.
      Heres a few matters on my mind
      – the worldwide ‘antiestablishment’ medical marijuana movement is being orchestrated by rockefellers and others i am sure of it. There must be a catch. Maybe the strains out and about the cabal are alowing to flood the world, kill delicate brain areas for 6th and 7 th chakra spiritual development and independence from Tyranny?
      – yet cannabis oil, or juiced leaves, seem to work. Need to navigate thru this minefield issue.
      – Protocel for cancer. What is it how does it work is it good or fake. Should we be trumpeting protocel and cantron plus pancreatic enzymes pancreatin therapy. Plus coffee enemas. Like the murdered dr gonzales in NYC practiced until recently?

      – why am i the only one questioning marijuana? Theres a rockefeller catch somewhere!

  7. Lynn says:

    Time to screw this Fake and evil system. Start giving back what they have done to us. Shout them out and let them see we are on to this huge scam. They are the conspirers and deviants. Spouting lies and opposites. Scum needed treating lke scum now. They can shove this complete and utter evil where the sun doesn’t shine. Fight back and be bloody ready to bring them all into the arena. Kick them where it hurts.

  8. SSmith says:

    I tried Quorn a few times and didn’t like it. VBites is much nicer, Made with vegetable proteins etc. Although shops don’t stock as much as Quorn.

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