American dining chain Red Lobster has branded plant-based alternatives to seafood as ‘terrible’.
The eatery’s CEO, Kim Lopdrup, recently told CNBC he had ‘looked into’ plant-based seafood but won’t be ‘introducing it’ to the chain’s menu.
‘ An even healthier option’
In a statement sent to Fox News, Lopdrup explained his decision: “I’m personally passionate about eating healthy, so I’m thrilled to see other consumers becoming more interested, too.
“While plant-based foods are dramatically healthier than red meat, seafood is an even healthier option. At Red Lobster, we have a large variety of healthy, high-quality seafood options that taste good and are good for you, especially our Today’s Catch options and our new Power Bowls.
“We have not yet seen a plant-based seafood product that we would put on our menu.”
Last year, a South Korean man lost his forearm to amputation after eating contaminated fish and contracting flesh-eating bacteria, a case study revealed.
The study – published by The New England Journal Of Medicine – stated that the man developed ‘fever and excruciating pain’ 12 hours after eating raw fish.
His forearm was amputated 25 days after his first visit to the hospital, as his lesions developed into ‘deep necrotic ulcers’.