Ikea Will Launch Vegan Pork Cutlet in Hong Kong Later this Month

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For the month of June, IKEA will offer vegan pork cutlets on its menus in Hong Kong. The OmniPork cutlets are made by Hong Kong-based vegan brand OmniFoods which was founded by David Yeung, an eco-conscious entrepreneur who owns social enterprise Green Monday. The vegan pork cutlets will be served over a penne pasta dish topped with cheese and lobster sauce (which can be omitted) at IKEA for HK $46 (USD $5.93). In addition to its home turf of Hong Kong, OmniFoods aims to make an appearance on the IKEA menu in Thailand and China.

Other plant-based options at IKEA Hong Kong—versions of which are also available in other regions—include a meatless version of its Swedish meatballs served alongside quinoa, green beans, and tomato stew; a veggie burger on its kids menu; a vegan hot dog; and durian-flavored oat milk-based soft serve.

IKEA’s meatballs go plant-based

Adding the new OmniPork vegan cutlets to its Hong Kong locations is part of IKEA’s sustainability goal of shifting its global menus to 50 percent plant-based by 2025. IKEA is transitioning its menus to do its part in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, a large portion of which it says are produced by the animal agriculture industry.

In 2015, IKEA launched the first vegan version of its popular Swedish meatballs and reformulated it into a meatier “plant ball” in 2020. Available on IKEA menus in Europe, Asia, the United States, and other regions, the vegan meatball is made with yellow pea protein, oats, potatoes, onion, and apple and carries only 4 percent of the carbon footprint produced by its animal meat-based meatball. To make it attractive to customers, IKEA prices the vegan meatballs similarly to its animal meat-based counterparts ($5.99 for an adult plate at IKEA bistros in the US) and sells bags of them under the name HUVUDROLL in its grocery section.

“At IKEA, we sell more than one billion meatballs every year. Imagine if we could get some of our many meatball lovers to choose the plant-ball instead,” Sharla Halvorson, Health & Sustainability Manager for IKEA’s global food business, said. “If we were to convert about 20 percent of our meatball sales to plant balls, that would mean around 8 percent reduction of our climate footprint for the food business at IKEA. In order to reduce the climate footprint of the IKEA food business, we need to reduce the amount of traditional meatballs that we sell.”

IKEA bets on plant-based to fight climate change

To further push the sustainability needle, IKEA has also begun offering vegan versions of its other meat-based items in stores. In 2018, IKEA added a vegan hot dog to its European outlets—where it sold one million vegan hot dogs in two months. Shortly thereafter, IKEA expanded the vegan hot dog—made with kale, red lentils, carrots, and ginger—to all locations in the US, Canada, and Australia. In addition to its Hong Kong locations, IKEA also offers dairy-free soft serve in other locations, including the US, Canada, and Europe.

In 2020, IKEA introduced an expansive plant-based menu at its locations in Japan, which included vegan katsu curry (made with a soy cutlet instead of traditional pork or chicken), vegan cabbage rolls, plant-based lasagne, kebab salads and wraps, vegan hot dogs and meatballs, plant-based chocolate mousse, and strawberry soft serve—which IKEA also offers as a sundae in Japan.

Source: Veg News

Magnets in iPhone® Series 12 Can Interfere with Some Implanted Cardiac Devices

People who have a pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator should be aware that the magnets used in the wireless charging technology for the series 12 models of the Apple iPhone can affect how the cardiac devices work if the phones are stored or used in close proximity to the implanted cardiac device, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open access journal of the American Heart Association..

In a small study, researchers found when the phone was held directly over the skin near the implantable cardiac devices or directly over the still-packaged cardiac device, the magnetic technology in the iPhone 12 Pro Max® caused interference in nearly 80% (11 of 14) of the pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators evaluated.

An internal pacemaker — a small device that uses electric stimulation to help keep the heart beating regularly — is surgically placed just under the skin and connected to the heart with tiny wires. An implantable cardioverter defibrillator is a device also placed under the skin and attached to the heart so that if an abnormal heart rhythm is detected it can initiate a small electric shock to restore a normal heartbeat. Both types of devices offer therapeutic and lifesaving solutions for people with specific cardiac conditions such as arrhythmia, congenital heart disease or deterioration of the heart muscle due to age. Each year in the United States, more than 50,000 patients, 65 years of age and older, receive implantable cardioverter defibrillators.

While the electromagnetic waves of some portable electronics and machinery can interfere with how implantable cardiac devices operate, modern cell phones have previously been found to pose little risk. On May 13, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an update regarding magnet technology in portable electronics such as cell phones and smart watches that have magnets: the FDA recommends keeping all electronic devices with magnets at least six inches away from implanted medical devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators. Apple offers the same guidance regarding its MagSafe products.

Researchers tested 14 different cardiac implantable electronic devices made by three major manufacturers to investigate if the magnetic components of the iPhone 12 Pro Max® would affect how the devices work. Three of the cardiac devices tested were implanted in a patient and were tested through the patient’s skin. The remaining 11 cardiac devices were new and still in the manufacturers’ packaging. Each device was first tested using a donut magnet to evaluate if magnet mode — the mode activated by health care professionals to change the device functioning or turn it off — was achievable. For the three implanted devices, the iPhone 12 Pro Max® was placed directly on the skin over the cardiac device to check for activation of magnet mode. For the new cardiac devices still in packages, wireless connection was established with each, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max® was placed within 1.5 cm directly over the cardiac device still in the sealed manufacturer’s package.

Clinically identifiable magnetic interference was detected in all three of the implanted devices, and in about three quarters (eight of the 11) of the new, in-the-package cardiac devices. All interference was triggered by the proximity of the series 12 iPhone; no other magnetic devices were near. In total, 11 of the 14 devices (79%) experienced malfunctioning when within 1.5 cm of the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

“We have always known that magnets can interfere with cardiac implantable electronic devices, however, we were surprised by the strength of the magnets used in the iPhone 12 magnet technology,” said lead study investigator Michael Wu, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, clinician educator and director of the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program in the cardiology division at the Rhode Island and Miriam Hospital’s Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute and Brown University’s Warren Alpert School of Medicine. “In general, a magnet can change a pacemaker’s timing or deactivate a defibrillator’s lifesaving functions, and this research indicate the urgency for everyone to be aware that electronic devices with magnets can interfere with cardiac implantable electronic devices.”

The researchers note there are some limitations, including the small number of devices tested in this study, therefore the results may not be the same for all pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators.

“The American Heart Association and manufacturers of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators have long recommended that cell phones be used in the ear opposite the side of the body of an implanted device, and that the cell phones be kept at least 10 cm away from the device, therefore not in a shirt or coat pocket on the same side as the cardiac device,” said N.A. Mark A. Estes, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program at the Heart and Vascular Institute of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and an American Heart Association volunteer. “While the risk from temporary interference was only tested with specific devices and cell phones, the Association reminds people with cardiac implantable electronic devices to remain informed of the latest FDA guidance for their heart device, the manufacturers’ safety guidelines and to contact their health care professional with any questions or concerns.“

Source: American Heart Association

Singapore Company Prepares to Commercialise its First Human Cell-Based Milk Product

Cell-based milk pioneers TurtleTree Labs has announced it is preparing to commercially launch its first product – lactoferrin – a protein usually derived from cow’s milk which the team has optimised for humans from the blueprint of human breast milk and is making it available to all.

In addition to its protective role, lactoferrin plays an important role in brain development and inflammatory responses.

While it will be a few years before cell-based whole milk meets regulatory requirements, TurtleTree has decided to go commercial by moving deeper into the realm of milk components.

Commenting on the new announcement, Max Rye, chief strategist at TurtleTree, says: “Through our frequent conversations with leading performance nutrition and infant formula companies, we have been able to identify several key ingredients. We have since seen tremendous interest from global partners in our portfolio of human and cow’s milk products. It will be an exciting year for us.”

Source: Vegconomist

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Black Bean Burgers


2 (540 mL) cans black beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
3/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper (1/2 of a pepper)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1-1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 cup feta cheese
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
8 burger buns, for serving
avocado, tomatoes, lettuce, cheddar cheese, mustard, mayonnaise and pickles, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 325˚F (163˚C).
  2. Spread beans evenly onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until slightly dried out. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  3. Increase oven temperature to 375˚F (190˚C) to bake burgers.
  4. Place oil in a large skillet over medium heat and sauté onion, pepper and garlic until softened.
  5. Combine remaining ingredients together, then stir in softened vegetables. Add baked black beans to mixture and combine. Mash mixture with a fork or potato masher, leaving some beans whole.
  6. Using a 1/2 cup measure, form into patties by hand and place onto parchment-lined baking sheet used to bake beans. Bake at 375˚F (190˚C) for 20 minutes or until golden, flipping the patties halfway through baking.
  7. Serve patties on your favourite burger buns.
  8. Topping suggestions: avocado, tomatoes, lettuce, cheddar cheese, mustard, mayonnaise and pickles.

Makes 8 servings.

Source: Manitoba Egg Farmers

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