Does Beyond Meat Go Bad? (Can You Still Eat it?)

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While Beyond Meat doesn’t go bad as fast as “real” meat like beef or chicken, it does expire.

The “best before” date on the package is set one month from when it was manufactured, but even after that date it may be edible if stored correctly.

How Can You Tell if Beyond Meat Has Expired?

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Smell it. If it is really expired it will smell very off, there will not even be a question of it.

If it smells a bit different than normal, it’s probably edible still, but that’s a risk that you’ll have to take for yourself.

The “new” Beyond Burgers don’t have the same strong “cat food” smell that many people complained about, so it’s easier to tell when they smell expired.

What Happens When Beyond Meat Goes Bad?

Beyond Meat is primarily made from pea protein, rice protein, and a few different oils.

Those ingredients by themselves do not expire quickly, but once you combine them and add water, the moisture can provide a breeding ground for harmful bacteria to grow.

How Long Does Beyond Meat Last in the Fridge?

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According to the official Beyond Meat website, it should be kept in the freezer until it’s time to thaw it.

Then, it should be kept in the refrigerator for up to 10 days unopened. If a package is opened, it should be consumed within 3 days.

Personally, I’ve kept unopened packages of Beyond Burgers in the fridge for a bit over 2 weeks with no issues, but that still introduces a bit of risk.

If you’ve put your Beyond Meat straight into the freezer after buying it, it will last for an extremely long time (well past the date on the package) without going bad, just like actual meat would.

Can You Refreeze Beyond Meat?

Ideally, you should only thaw the amount of Beyond Meat in the fridge that you need for a particular recipe.

The official packaging says “Do not refreeze” on it.

Note that the main reason to not refreeze most foods is because of taste, and not safety reasons. So if you’re not sure if you’ll consume thawed Beyond Meat in time, it’s almost certainly better to refreeze it anyways. Just put it in an appropriate container.

What Happens If You Eat Beyond Meat That Has Gone Bad?

Expired Beyond Meat is likely to cause mild food poisoning symptoms including:

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps and discomfort
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Note that some people find that Beyond Meat gives them an upset stomach even if it’s fresh, so don’t necessarily assume that the product was expired.

Can You Get Food Poisoning From Beyond Meat at a Restaurant?

Food poisoning is more likely at a restaurant.

Cross contamination can cause unexpected reactions, especially if you’re vegan and accidentally get exposed to animal products. Even if it’s a small amount, your body is not used to it and may have a reaction depending on the individual.

About the author

Dale Cudmore

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance nutrition writer. I've been vegan for years and try to make life easier for others by sharing what I've learned.