25.11.2022
Beyond Meat’s Pennsylvania plant may be riddled with deadly bacteria

Beyond Meat’s Pennsylvania processing plant could be riddled with bacteria – leaked documents claim Listeria and mold had been found in the facility 11 times in less than a year.

Listeria, a foodborne bacteria, was detected in the plant during the second half of last year and the first half of 2022, according to Bloomberg, which viewed the documents.

A Beyond Meat spokesperson told DailyMail.com that the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture conducted inspections in the plant in March 2022 and September 2022 and found ‘no instances of nonconformance with regulations.’

The leaked documents, however, claim there was an unsafe use of equipment, mold on walls and ingredients, and non-food items had contaminated the meat substitute product, including metal, wood, string and plastic.

The facility is located in Devault, which sits 45 minutes outside Philadelphia.

The Bloomberg report noted the information came from unnamed sources, who said food products had tested positive for listeria.

Beyond Meat refuted the allegations in the Bloomberg report with a spokesperson saying that its plant conditions were ‘stringent, going above and beyond industry and regulatory standards.’

The Beyond Meat spokesperson told DailyMail: ‘Beyond Meat’s food safety protocols go above industry and regulatory standards and we are confident that the food we produce is safe. ‘

However, if accurate, images shared with Bloomberg tell a different story.

One shows a trolley cart turned upside down in production equipment that appears to process the meatless meat and another features containers with apparent mold.

Photographs claiming to have been taken in April show ingredients on the floor covered in dirt and an unknown liquid, while another shows mold growing on the wall ‘in the facility,’ Bloomberg reports.

While Beyond Meat said the facility was inspected in March and September, the leaked documents claim the last Listeria incident was identified in May.

Listeria is eliminated from food when cooked, but most Beyond Meat’s products, such as hamburger patties and sausages, are sold raw.

Martin Bucknavage, a food-safety expert at Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Food Science, told Bloomberg it ‘would be highly unusual’ to have the level of Listeria reported in the internal document.

‘Although we’re seeing snapshots, there’s enough there that we’re seeing a lot of cleanup that needs to get done,’ Bucknavage said after viewing photos from inside the plant and the list tracking Listeria tests.

Bucknavage, while looking at the photos, said it is hard to determine the story behind the dirty ingredients, as they could be in an area of discarded items.

He continued to explain that a company still does not want something so filthy inside a plant where food is processed.

A spokeswoman for Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture told Bloomberg that a September 21 visit to the facility was not to conduct an inspection, as Beyond Meat told DailyMail.com, but was regarding the plant’s unpaid registration.

The US Food and Drug Administration has not inspected the plant since Beyond Meat purchased it, an FDA spokesperson told Bloomberg.

The leaked documents follow news that Beyond Meat has seen a significant dip in its revenue.

Estimates for Beyond Meat’s second-quarter revenue have fallen by 10 percent over the last three months, according to Refinitiv IBES data that was shared in August.

And the company reported a $100 million net loss in May.

Beyond Meat seemed poised to dominate the faux-meat market after announcing in early 2021 a three-year partnership with McDonald’s, as well as agreements with major fast food players like KFC, Dunkin’ Donuts and Subway, among others.

But none of the test runs have resulted in long-term success, with many of Beyond Meat’s partners either not expanding their plant-based options to more restaurants or eliminating the menu items.

In September, Beyond Meat executives announced that its Chief Operating Officer Doug Ramsey, 53, has been suspended immediately for allegedly biting a man’s nose.

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    The impending completion of NASA’s Artemis I mission — which is set to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday afternoon — has set up the return of humanity to the Moon and is paving the way onwards to Mars. Yesterday, Artemis I mission manager Mike Sarafin said that “at present, we are on track to have a fully successful mission, with some bonus objectives that we’ve achieved along the way. On entry day, we will realise our priority one objective, which is to demonstrate the vehicle at lunar re-entry conditions, as well as our priority three objective, which is to retrieve the spacecraft.”

    Last night saw mission flight controllers conduct a final survey of Orion’s crew and service modules using cameras located on the end of each of the spacecraft’s four solar arrays.

    The focus of their examination was the capsule’s back shell — made up of a whopping 1,300 individual thermal protection system tiles — that insulates Orion from the cold of space and will protect it from the extreme heat of atmospheric re-entry. Engineers reported no concerns after reviewing the camera imagery.

    A NASA spokesperson said: “Just before re-entry, the crew module and service module will separate and only the crew module will return to Earth while the service module burns up in Earth’s atmosphere upon re-entry over the Pacific Ocean.

    “After separating from the service module, the crew module will prepare to perform a skip entry technique that enables the spacecraft to accurately and consistently splash down at the selected landing site.

    “This technique will allow a safe re-entry for future Artemis missions regardless of when and where they return from the Moon.”

    According to NASA, Artemis I has represented “the first integrated test of NASA’s deep space exploration systems.” These include the Orion spacecraft, the SLS rocket — for which November’s lift-off was the maiden flight — and the associated ground systems at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

    Prior to Artemis I’s launch, NASA said: “The first in a series of increasingly complex missions, Artemis I will be an uncrewed flight test that will provide a foundation for human deep space exploration, and demonstrate our commitment and capability to extend human existence to the Moon and beyond.

    “During this flight, the spacecraft will launch on the most powerful rocket in the world and fly farther than any spacecraft built for humans have ever flown.

    “It will travel 280,000 miles from Earth, thousands of miles beyond the Moon. Orion will stay in space longer than any ship for astronauts has done without docking to a space station and return home faster and hotter than ever before.”

    Artemis I mission manager Mike Sarafin added: “This is a mission that truly will do what hasn’t been done and learn what isn’t known.

    “It will blaze a trail that people will follow on the next Orion flight, pushing the edges of the envelope to prepare for that mission.”

    To that end, the Orion capsule used for Artemis I was launched without a human crew — but carrying three radiation-bearing humans to measure the potential health impacts of the trip.

    Furthermore, the key goal of the test flight lay not in the launch but in the return to Earth — ensuring that Orion’s heat shields are capable of enduring atmospheric re-entry.

    Assuming Artemis I’s splashdown this weekend proves successful, this year’s mission will be followed up by Artemis II in around May 2024, which will carry a four-person crew more than 5,523 miles beyond the Moon — further than any human has ever been from the Earth — on an 8 to 10 day flight test.

    Building on this, no earlier than 2025, the Artemis III mission will see four astronauts travel in an Orion capsule to the planned Lunar Gateway space station in the Moon’s orbit, spending a total of 30 days in space.

    Two of these explorers — including the first woman and person of colour to walk on the Moon — will be carried down to the lunar surface by the Gateway’s “human landing system”.

    They will spend a week exploring the surface of the Moon’s South Pole — a region previously unvisited by humans — conducting various experiments including the sampling of the water ice that was first detected on the lunar surface back in 1971.

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    The controversial mine is to be built in Whitehaven, Cumbria, and is expected to support 500 jobs. It will be used to extract coking coal for use in steel production.

    But former chief scientific adviser Sir David King, who chairs the Climate Crisis Advisory Group, called the decision “an incomprehensible act of self-harm”.

    He added: “Worldwide, there should be no new venture into coal, oil or gas recovery. This action by a leading developed economy sets exactly the wrong example to the rest of the world. Our only real form of influence on the climate crisis in the world is seriously jettisoned by this action.”

    Myles Allen, professor of geosystem sciences at the University of Oxford, said: “The Cumbrian mine will release some 250 million tons of carbon dioxide over the next 30 years.

    “If the Government must go ahead with these plans, they should also deploy robust carbon dioxide capture and storage technology to mop up these emissions.”

    Mr Gove said: “It is important to note that in any planning decision, it’s rarely the case that it is an open and shut matter. There are almost always competing elements for and against any planning scheme, particularly a substantial one of this kind, which can raise serious and passionate debate.

    “But the open and transparent public inquiry system allows all of those issues to be fully explored.” Mr Gove added “any change of land use” will always have an impact on biodiversity.

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    Guilt-free green travel at last! New Airbus hydrogen powered fuel cell set for later this decade

    Airbus is developing a hydrogen-powered fuel cell engine as a potential solution for its zero-emission aircraft.

    A modified version of the company’s A380 MSN001 aircraft will carry the fuel-cell engine pod, and inside the craft’s real fuselage will be a cryogenic tank to hold the liquefied hydrogen.

    Airbus has multiple zero-emission concept aircrafts, but the one that’s being used for this effort is a high-wing 100-seat regional airliner containing six eight-bladed propellers attached to engine pods.

    The pods contain hydrogen fuel cells which produce electricity as the result of an electro-chemical reaction to power electric motors.

    ‘Fuel cells are a potential solution to help us achieve our zero-emission ambition and we are focused on developing and testing this technology to understand if it is feasible and viable for a 2035 entry-into-service of a zero-emission aircraft,’ Glenn Llewellyn, VP Zero-Emission Aircraft for Airbus, said in a statement.

    For this proof-of-concept demonstrator, liquid hydrogen from the cryogenic tank is converted into a gaseous state before it gets distributed to the fuel cell via supply lines running from the tank and through an external structure to the engine pylon interface.

    Electric motors near the front of the pod then convert the electrical power into mechanical power by communicating torque to a reduction gearbox.

    A propeller provides the thrust.

    The thermal energy generated by the fuel cell needs to be conveyed by a liquid cooling system to heat exchangers where it is then dissipated into the air.

    Water is also produced as a byproduct of the electrochemical reaction, which is expelled from an outlet at the back of the pod.

    The company said the A380 was an ‘obvious’ choice for hydrogen fuel-cell engine demonstrator because it has a large of amount of space internally – enabling the firm to test multiple configurations.

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    ‘At scale, and if the technology targets were achieved, fuel cell engines may be able to power a one hundred passenger aircraft with a range of approximately 1,000 nautical miles,’ Llewellyn explained.

    ‘By continuing to invest in this technology we are giving ourselves additional options that will inform our decisions on the architecture of our future ZEROe aircraft, the development of which we intend to launch in the 2027-2028 timeframe.’

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    Nokia bundles Christmas trees with its Circular subscription service

    Nokia is trying to tempt people to its monthly subscription service ‘Circular’ this festive season – by adding a Christmas tree into the bargain.

    Londoners who sign up to Circular in the next few days will get the ‘rental’ tree, allegedly worth up to £100, delivered to their door.

    The tree will then be picked up in the new year and replanted at a farm in Bedfordshire to be reused in a year’s time, in an effort to tackle waste.

    More than eight million Christmas trees are thrown away each year in the UK, with many dumped or abandoned on the streets.

    Circular was launched earlier this year by Finnish company HMD Global, the exclusive licensee of the Nokia brand.

    The subscription service includes a £30 set-up fee, with phones and tablets then available for a range of prices, starting at £10 per month.

    HMD Global has partnered with Christmas tree delivery company Tree2Me for the initiative, which marks the first time a non-tech item has been bundled in with Circular.

    The tree offer is only valid through Circular until December 12, except for the newest Nokia flagship smartphone, the Nokia X30 5G, which runs until December 16.

    ‘Tree2Me share our values, eliminating Christmas trees being sent to landfill in the new year,’ said Lisa Higgins, head of marketing at HMD Global.

    ‘They are replanted and given a new life, in the same way a Nokia phone is as part of Circular. With less waste, everyone wins.’

    Bundling Christmas trees has been included with Circular in keeping with the service’s eco-conscious focus, which reduces e-waste and minimises the negative impact phone ownership can have on the planet, HMD Global said.

    Circular encourages people to keep their phones and tablets for longer by offering them eco-friendly incentives.

    The scheme awards users more ‘seeds’ the longer they keep a device, with these seeds then able to be used towards supporting sustainability or charitable efforts around the world.

    These include planting trees or reducing carbon, backing a firm removing plastic from rivers, or providing connectivity to those in need.

    Accidental damage, loss or theft of devices are also taken care of by HMD Global as part of the subscription without extra cost, so subscribers can get a new one delivered to them.

    Even if subscribers just don’t want their Circular device anymore, they can send it back and it will be refurbished and sent to a new subscriber.

    Circular reduces e-waste and in turn minimises the negative impact phone ownership can have on the planet, HMD Global said.

    When signing up to Circular, users can choose one of five new Nokia devices to purchase – three smartphones (Nokia X30 5G, Nokia G60 5G, Nokia XR20) or two tablets (Nokia T10 and Nokia T21).

    Each option comes with a monthly price to pay through Circular; for example, the Nokia X30 5G costs £22 per month (or per 30 days to be precise).

    It does mean that at some point during the subscription, those signed up will have spent more money than the phone’s outright price.

    For example, the Nokia X30 5G smartphone is currently priced at £399, so after around 18 months subscribers would have paid this amount through their subscription.

    However, Circular keeps automatically charging the subscriber, just like a video streaming service.

    Users do have the option to cancel their subscription, as long as they’ve been on Circular for at least three months.

    A spokesperson for HMD Global told MailOnline that Circular subscribers are not only paying for the device, but peace of mind that their eco-footprint is being reduced.

    Circular also lets people swap their device for another one under the subscription and have it posted to them, although if they do this the amount they pay per month will change.

    HMD Global launched Circular at IFA Berlin in September, as well as the multiple new devices that are available through the service.

    One of them, the Nokia X30 5G, described as the most eco-friendly Nokia phone yet, is made from 100 per cent recycled aluminium and 65 per cent recycled plastic.

    Also, the Nokia T21 tablet has been designed with a tough body made with aluminium that features a 60 per cent recycled plastic cover.

    HMD Global said other devices will become available under Circular soon. It could also bundle more non-techy items in with Circular in the future.

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    Do robot vacuums actually work? Proscenic 850t test

    SHOPPING: Products featured in this article are independently selected by our shopping writers. If you make a purchase using links on this page, MailOnline will earn an affiliate commission.

    If you wish you could delegate the tasks of vacuum cleaning and mopping your home to someone, or something, else, then we have some good news.

    An entry-level Proscenic 850T robot vacuum cleaner is available on Amazon for £229. This is less than half the cost of similar robot vacuum cleaners by Shark or iRoomba.

    The compact but powerful 850T can be operated via remote control, or you can connect it to your home’s Wi-Fi network to use it via an app on your phone or through smart devices like Amazon Alexa. Simply say, ‘Alexa, power on the Proscenic 850T vacuum cleaner, and it will be off on a dirt-busting mission.

    But can it cope with a three-bedroom house full to the brim with four children and parents that enjoy muddy outdoor activities such as cycling and running?

    We wanted to test whether a robot vacuum cleaned as well as a cordless or stick vacuum. To do this, we let it loose in each room of the house, to test how well it mapped out each room and reached under nooks and crannies, and followed up with a manual vacuum cleaner to see if that sucked up anything extra.

    We tested it on hardwood floors in the hallway and living room, as well as on vinyl in the kitchen and on the carpets upstairs. To try out its capacity to avoid stairs, we tested it on the landing and watched it closely, should we need to catch it from a fall.

    Opening the box, you’ll see the main vacuum cleaner unit, a charging dock, spare mop attachments, a remote control and a leaflet about how to connect the vacuum to my home’s WiFi network via the Proscenic Home app.

    If you’re in any way concerned about WiFi networks and passwords, you’ll be happy to hear that you can control the vacuum easily via the remote control.

    But if you want to set timers, schedule cleans, map out a room and other clever features, it’s very easy to connect the robot vacuum to the app following step-by-step instructions. To reach full connectivity via the app took me less than five minutes.

    A further step is to connect it to Amazon devices such as Echo dot speakers or the Amazon Alexa app on a smartphone. To do this is slightly more complicated as you need to download the Alexa app and check the Alexa icon on the Proscenic app to link accounts.

    For me, that wasn’t a seamless process, but it was worth doing, as my son was fascinated when I eventually got it to work using just the power of my voice.

    The Proscenic 850T robot vacuum is aesthetically pleasing, given the entry-level price point.

    Sleek and black, the circular robot moves stealth-like across a room, gently turning when it senses something in its path. I was fascinated by how it moved, rotating a small number of degrees to change its path if needed.

    Measuring just seven centimetres high, it easily fits under sofas, chairs, beds and other furniture and even finds its way back out again.

    In open spaces, this vacuum performs faultlessly. After dropping some cake crumbs on the floor, I watched as the Proscenic 850T gobbled up everything in its sight.

    It’s incredible to watch it slip under furniture, knowing that reaching those spots with my stick vacuum would usually be very tricky.

    It copes brilliantly with hair, making the carpets in my daughters’ room cleaner than ever. Other vacuum cleaners have previously struggled to pick up the long hair that the girls seem to shed.

    It tried its best to get into corners, but I have to admit that I finished off the job with the attachments of my trusty upright vacuum cleaner.

    It was also too narrow for my stairs. Saying that I was very impressed watching it on the landing as it got close to the edge of the flight of stairs but always sensed that it was heading towards a fall and changed direction.

    The Proscenic 850T has three adjustable mopping levels, equipped with an electronically controlled water pump, so you can control the water level with the app.

    According to the product description on Amazon, you can mop and vacuum at the same time. To test this, I dropped some cereal and milk.

    It did a better job of vacuuming up the cereal than it did wiping the milk. I did not sense the milk was cleared, even on the highest setting.

    If you are looking for a mop and vacuum cleaner in one, you may get better functionality with the mop if you go for a more expensive vacuum cleaner. But when it comes to sucking up dirt, crumbs and debris from a house with toddlers, babies and busy people, it more than does the job.

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  • 5 часов, 4 минуты назад 09.12.2022Science
    NASA’s Artemis I Moon mission prepares to return to Earth this weekend — how to watch

    Bringing NASA’s Artemis I mission to a close, the crew module of the Orion spacecraft is set to make a triumphant return to Earth this weekend after more than 25 days in space. After evaluating weather forecasts, the space agency has selected a splashdown site near Guadalupe Island, in the Pacific Ocean, south of the primary landing area. The successful return of the Orion capsule, which was launched uncrewed yet bearing three radiation-measuring “phantoms”, will pave the way for a crewed test flight in early 2024 — and subsequently humanity’s triumphant return to the Moon after more than 50 years.

    Artemis I mission manager Mike Sarafin said: “At present, we are on track to have a fully successful mission, with some bonus objectives that we’ve achieved along the way.

    “On entry day, we will realise our priority one objective, which is to demonstrate the vehicle at lunar re-entry conditions, as well as our priority three objective, which is to retrieve the spacecraft.”

    Last night saw mission flight controllers conduct a final survey of Orion’s crew and service modules using cameras located on the end of each of the spacecraft’s four solar arrays.

    The focus of their examination was the capsule’s back shell — made up of a whopping 1,300 individual thermal protection system tiles — that insulates Orion from the cold of space and will protect it from the extreme heat of atmospheric re-entry. Engineers reported no concerns after reviewing the camera imagery.

    A NASA spokesperson said: “Just before re-entry, the crew module and service module will separate and only the crew module will return to Earth while the service module burns up in Earth’s atmosphere upon re-entry over the Pacific Ocean.

    “The Artemis I trajectory is designed to ensure any remaining parts do not pose a hazard to land, people, or shipping lanes.

    “After separating from the service module, the crew module will prepare to perform a skip entry technique that enables the spacecraft to accurately and consistently splash down at the selected landing site.

    “Orion will dip into the upper part of Earth’s atmosphere and use that atmosphere, along with the lift of the capsule, to skip back out of the atmosphere, then re-enter for final descent under parachutes and splash down.

    “This technique will allow a safe re-entry for future Artemis missions regardless of when and where they return from the Moon.”

    As of yesterday evening, the Orion spacecraft had left the lunar sphere of gravitational influence and was cruising back towards Earth at a speed of 1.415 miles per hour.

    On initial entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, the crew module will be decelerated to 325 miles per hour. Subsequent parachute deployment will bring the craft to a safe splashdown velocity over the course of around ten minutes.

    The first chutes to be released — at an altitude of around give miles — are three small ones used to pull the forward bay covers away.

    Following this, two so-called drogue parachutes will both stabilise the crew module and slow it down to a speed of 130 miles per hour, ready for the deployment of the main parachutes.

    These — which are made of nylon broadcloth and are each 116 feet in diameter — will decelerate the Orion capsule down to a splashdown speed of just 20 miles per hour.

    In total, a NASA spokesperson explained, “The parachute system includes 11 parachutes made of 36.000 square feet of canopy material.

    “The canopy is attached to the top of the spacecraft with more than 13 miles of Kevlar lines that are deployed in series using cannon-like mortars and pyrotechnic thrusters and bolt cutters.”

    NASA is providing livestreamed coverage of the Orion capsule’s return to Earth, beginning at 11.00am EST (4.00pm GMT) on Sunday December 11.

    The stream can be watched on either the NASA Live website, or via NASA’s YouTube channel. The space agency’s coverage of the launch can also be watched via the NASA app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices.

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