Super Bowl Commercial Will Criticize Analogue Meats

Jan. 30, 2020
Center for Consumer Freedom ad criticizes the "ultra-processed and chemical natures" of "fake" meats.

The Center for Consumer Freedom will run this 30-second ad this Sunday during the Super Bowl to criticize the "ultra-processed and chemical natures" of "fake" meats.

"CCF believes as more consumers learn what's in meat analogues, interest will wane," the group says in its news release.

The commercial uses a grade-school spelling bee that asks a contestant how to spell "methylcellulose." When the contestant asks for a definition, the moderator explains methylcellulose is "a chemical laxative that's also used in synthetic meats."

The screen then shows many chemical-sounding ingredients that are in some analogue meat products. "If you can't spell it or pronounce it, maybe you shouldn't be eating it," the ad concludes.

The Center for Consumer Freedom describes itself as "a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices. A growing cabal of activists has meddled in Americans lives in recent years. They include self-anointed 'food police,' health campaigners, trial lawyers, personal-finance do-gooders, animal-rights misanthropes, and meddling bureaucrats."

A Wikipedia entry describes CCF as a group "that lobbies on behalf of the fast food, meat, alcohol and tobacco industries. Experts on non-profit law have questioned the validity of the group's non-profit status."

You can see a longer, 60-second version of the ad below:

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