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Misc. News : Consumer Affair Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 - 9:38:09 AM


Non-GMO Shopping Guide by Jeffrey M Smith
By Jeffrey M. Smith
Jan 17, 2009 - 2:53:08 PM

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CONTENTS

Introduction & Overview 1
Fruits & Vegetables 3
Meats, Fish & Eggs 3
Alternative Meat Products 3
Dairy Products 4
Alternative Dairy Products 5
Baby Foods & Infant Formula 5
Grains, Beans & Pasta 6
Cereals & Breakfast Bars 6
Baked Goods 7
Frozen Foods 7
Soups, Sauces & Canned Foods 8
Condiments, Oils, Dressings & Spreads 9
Snack Foods 10
Candy, Chocolate Products & Sweeteners 11
Sodas, Juices & Other Beverages 12
Invisible GM Ingredients 13

To learn more about GMOs, consult the books Genetic Roulette: The
Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods by Jeffrey M.
Smith or Your Right to Know: Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes
in Your Food by Andrew Kimbrell. Information on GMOs is also available
at www.centerforfoodsafety.org and www.HealthierEating.org.

Copyright 2008 Center for Food Safety and Institute for Responsible
Technology. No part of this booklet may be reproduced in any form without
written permission from both parties.

Contact: info@responsibletechnology.org or info@centerforfoodsafety

INTRODUCTION & OVERVIEW

How to avoid brands made with genetically
modified organisms (GMOs)

Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM) of
food involves the laboratory process of artificially inserting
genes into the DNA of food crops or animals. The result is
called a genetically modified organism or GMO. GMOs can be
engineered with genes from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals,
or even humans. Most Americans say they would not eat
GMOs if labeled, but unlike most other industrialized countries,
the U.S. does not require labeling.

This Non-GMO Shopping Guide is designed to help reclaim
your right to know about the foods you are buying, and help
you find and avoid GMO foods and ingredients.

Tips for avoiding GM crops

❧ TIP #1: BUY ORGANIC

Certified organic products are not allowed to contain any
GMOs. Therefore, when you purchase products labeled “100%
organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic ingredients,” all
ingredients in these products are not allowed to be produced
from GMOs. For example, products labeled as “made with
organic ingredients” only require 70% of the ingredients to
be organic, but 100% must be non-GMO.

❧ TIP #2: LOOK FOR“NON-GMO” LABELS

Companies may voluntarily label products as “non-GMO.”
Some labels state “non-GMO” while others spell out “Made
Without Genetically Modified Ingredients.” Some products
limit their claim to only one particular “At-Risk” ingredient
such as soy lecithin, listing it as “non-GMO.”

❧ TIP #3: AVOID AT-RISK INGREDIENTS

Avoid products made with any of the crops that are GM. Most
GM ingredients are products made from the “Big Four:” corn,
soybeans, canola, and cottonseed, used in processed foods.
Some of the most common genetically engineered Big Four
ingredients in processed foods are:

Corn
■ Corn flour, meal, oil, starch, gluten, and syrup
■ Sweeteners such as fructose, dextrose, and glucose
■ Modified food starch*
Soy
■ Soy flour, lecithin, protein, isolate, and isoflavone
■ Vegetable oil* and vegetable protein*
Canola Canola oil (also called rapeseed oil)
Cotton Cottonseed oil
*May be derived from other sources

In addition, GM sugar beets may soon enter the food supply.
Look for organic and non-GMO sweeteners, candy and chocolate
products made with 100% cane sugar, evaporated cane
juice or organic sugar, to avoid GM beet sugar.

❧ TIP #4: BUY PRODUCTS LISTED IN THIS

SHOPPING GUIDE

Keep this Guide with you whenever you shop. Store it inside
your reusable shopping bag, put into your coupon holder or
check book, or leave it in your car.

FRUITS & VEGETABLES

Very few fresh fruits and vegetables for sale in the U.S. are
genetically modified. Novel products such as seedless watermelons
are NOT genetically modified. Small amounts of
zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, and sweet corn may be
GM. The only commercialized GM fruit is papaya from Hawaii—
about half of Hawaii’s papayas are GM.

MEAT, FISH & EGGS

No genetically modified fish, fowl, or livestock is yet approved
for human consumption. However, plenty of non-organic foods
are produced from animals raised on GM feed such as grains.
Look for wild rather than farmed fish to avoid fish raised on
genetically modified feed, and 100% grass-fed animals.

ALTERNATIVE MEAT PRODUCTS

Many alternative meat products are processed and include
ingredients that can be genetically engineered, so give the
ingredient lists close attention to avoid the Big Four at-risk
ingredients, especially soy.

Non-GMO

365 Brand (Whole Foods)
Amy’s
Sunshine Burger
Vitasoy
Wildwood
White Wave
May contain GMO ingredients
Boca, unless labeled organic (Kraft)
Gardenburger
Morningstar Farms, Morningstar Farms
Natural Touch, unless labeled organic
(Kellogg)
Eggs: Non-GMO
Egg Innovations Organic
Eggland’s Best Organic
Land O’Lakes Organic
Nest Fresh Organic
Organic Valley
Pete and Jerry’s Organic Eggs
Wilcox Farms Organic

Certified Organic

Alta Dena Organics
Butterworks Farm
Harmony Hills Dairy
Horizon Organic
Morningland Dairy
Natural by Nature
Organic Valley
Radiance Dairy
Safeway Organic Brand
Seven Stars Farm
Straus Family Creamery
Stonyfield Farm
Wisconsin Organics
Produced Without rbGH
National
Alta Dena
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
Brown Cow Farm
Crowley Cheese of Vermont
Franklin County Cheese
Grafton Village Cheese
Great Hill Dairy
Lifetime Dairy
West Coast
Alpenrose Dairy
Berkeley Farms
Clover Stornetta Farms
Joseph Farms Cheese
Sunshine Dairy Foods
Tillamook Cheese
Wilcox Family Farms
Midwest and Gulf States
Chippewa Valley Cheese
Erivan Dairy Yogurt
Promised Land Dairy
Westby Cooperative Creamery
East Coast
Blythedale Farm Cheese
Crescent Creamery
Derle Farms (milk with
“no rbST” label only)
Erivan Dairy Yogurt
Farmland Dairies
Oakhurst Dairy
Wilcox Dairy (rbST-free
dairy line only)
Dairy Products: Non-GMO
DAIRY PRODUCTS &
ALTERNATIVE DAIRY PRODUCTS

Some U.S. dairy farms inject the genetically engineered hormone
rbGH, also called rbST, into their cows to boost milk
production—so be sure to purchase products with a label that
indicates cows free of rbGH or rbST. Many alternative dairy products
are made from soybeans and may contain GM materials.

Alternative Dairy Products

Colombo (General Mills)
Dannon
Kemps (aside from
“Select” brand)
Land O’ Lakes
Parmalat
Sorrento
Yoplait (General Mills)
May contain GMO ingredients
Non-GMO
Belsoy
EdenSoy
Imagine Foods/Soy Dream
Nancy’s Cultured Soy
Pacific Soy
Silk
Soy Delicious
Sun Soy
Stonyfield Farm O’Soy
Tofutti
VitaSoy/Nasoya
WestSoy
WholeSoy
Yves The Good Slice
Zen Don
May contain GMO
ingredients
8th Continent
Non-GMO
Baby’s Only
(certified organic products)
Earth’s Best
Gerber products
HAPPYBABY
Organic Baby
May contain GMO
ingredients
Beech-Nut
Enfamil
Good Start
Nestlé
Similac/Isomil

BABY FOODS & INFANT FORMULA

Milk or soy protein is the basis of most infant formulas. The
secret ingredients in these products are often soy or milk from
cows injected with rbGH. Many brands also add GMO-derived
corn syrup, corn syrup solids, or soy lecithin.

Non-GMO:

Barbara’s (organic line)
Cascadian Farms
Eden
EnviroKidz
Golden Temple
Grandy Oats
Health Valley (organic line)
Lundberg® Purely Organic
Rice Cereal
Nature’s Path
Omega Smart Bars
Peace Cereal Organic
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
General Mills
Kellogg
Post (Kraft)
Quaker
CEREALS & BREAKFAST BARS
Cereals and breakfast bars are very likely to include GMO ingredients,
because they are often made with corn and soy products.
Non-GMO
Annie’s Natural Pasta
Bob’s Red Mill (organic line)
Eden certified organic grains
Kamut
Lundberg Family Farms
Vita-Spelt pasta
Packaged Meals
Non-GMO
Amy’s
Annie’s Homegrown certified
organic macaroni & cheese
Casbah (Hain-Celestial)
Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods
Fantastic Foods
Lotus Foods
Lundberg Farms Rice Sensations
Organic Planet
Seeds of Change certified
organic boxed meals
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Betty Crocker meals
(General Mills)
Knorr (Unilever)
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese meals
Lipton meal packets (Unilever)
Near East (Quaker)
Pasta Roni and Rice-A-Roni
meals (Quaker)
GRAINS, BEANS & PASTA

Other than corn, no GM grains are sold on the market. Look for
100-percent wheat pasta, couscous, rice, quinoa, oats, barley,
sorghum, and dried beans (except soybeans).

Non-GMO

A.C. LaRocco
Amy’s Kitchen
Cascadian Farms Organic frozen
meals and vegetables
Cedarlane
Linda McCartney frozen meals
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Boca, unless labeled organic
(Kraft)
Celeste (Pinnacle Foods)
Eggo Waffles (Kellogg)
Gardenburger
Green Giant frozen meals
(General Mills)
Healthy Choice (ConAgra)
Kid’s Cuisine (ConAgra)
Lean Cuisine (Nestle)
Marie Callender’s (ConAgra)
Morningstar Farms, Morningstar
Farms Natural Touch, unless
labeled organic (Kellogg)
Rosetto Frozen Pasta (Nestle)
Stouffer’s (Nestle)
Swanson (Campbell’s)
Tombstone (Kraft)
Totino’s (Smucker’s)
Voila! (Birds Eye/Unilever)
FROZEN FOODS
Many frozen foods are highly processed. Keep an eye out for the
Big Four at-risk ingredients and stay away from frozen foods
that contain them, unless they are marked organic or non-GM.

Non-GMO

Arrowhead Mills (organic line)
Bakery on Main
Bob’s Red Mill (organic line)
Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods
Dr Oetker Organics
French Meadow
Natural Ovens Bakery
(organic line)
Nature’s Path
Rumford Baking Powder
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Aunt Jemima (Pinnacle Foods)
Betty Crocker (General Mills)
Calumet Baking Powder (Kraft)
Duncan Hines (Pinnacle Foods)
Hungry Jack (Smucker’s)
Pillsbury (Smucker’s)
BAKED GOODS

While baking ingredients such as wheat flour, rice, kamut, and
oats are not genetically modified, many packaged breads and
bakery items contain other GMO ingredients such as corn syrup.

Soups

Non-GMO

Amy’s
Fantastic Foods
Health Valley/Westbrae
Imagine Natural
Natural/Hain
ShariAnn’s Organics
Walnut Acres certified organic
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice
(ConAgra)
Campbell’s products (including
Healthy Request, Chunky,
Simply Home, and Pepperidge
Farm)
Hormel products
Progresso products
(General Mills)
Sauces/Salsas
Non-GMO
Amy’s (organic line)
Annie’s Natural
Eden
Green Mountain Gringo &
certified-organic salsa
Muir Glen Organic pasta sauce
& salsa
Seeds of Change certifiedorganic
pasta sauce
Walnut Acres certified-organic
pasta sauce
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Bertolli (Unilever)
Chi-Chi’s (Hormel)
Classico (Heinz)
Del Monte
Healthy Choice (ConAgra)
Hunt’s (ConAgra)
Old El Paso (General Mills)
Pace (Campbell’s)
Prego (Campbell’s)
Ragu (Unilever)
SOUPS, SAUCES & CANNED FOODS
Many soups and sauces are highly processed, so give the
ingredient lists close attention to avoid the Big Four at-risk
ingredients.

Canned Food

Non-GMO

Amy’s
Annie’s Natural
Eden
ShariAnn’s certified organic beans
Westbrae certified organic beans
Yves Veggie Cuisine
(Hain Celestial)
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Chef Boyardee
Dinty Moore, Stagg, Hormel
(Hormel)
Franco-American (Campbell’s)
Non-GMO
Annie’s
Bragg’s liquid amino
Drew’s salad dressing
Eden
Emerald Cove
Emperor’s Kitchen
Follow Your Heart
Harvest Moon Mushrooms
I.M. Health SoyNut Butters
Maranatha Nut Butters
Miso Master
Muir Glen organic
tomato ketchup
Nasoya
Newmans Own Organic
Spectrum oils and dressings
SushiSonic Asian Condiments
Vegan by Nature Buttery Spreads
Vigoa Cuisine
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Crisco (Smucker’s)
Del Monte
Heinz
Hellman’s (Unilever)
Kraft condiments and dressings
Mazola
Pam (ConAgra)
Peter Pan (ConAgra)
Skippy (Unilever)
Smucker’s (except their “Simply
100% Fruit” line of preserves)
Wesson (ConAgra)
Wish-Bone (Unilever)
CONDIMENTS, OILS, DRESSINGS
& SPREADS

Unless labeled explicitly, corn, soybean, cottonseed, and
canola oils probably contain genetically modified products.
Choose pure olive, coconut, sesame, sunflower, safflower,
almond, grapeseed, and peanut oils. Also choose preserves,
jams, and jellies with cane sugar, not corn syrup.

Snacks

Non-GMO

Barbara’s (organic line)
Bearitos/Little Bear Organics
(Hain Celestial)
Eden
Garden of Eatin’
Grandy Oats
Hain Pure Snax/Hain Pure Foods
Health Valley
Kettle Foods
Nature’s Path Organic
Namaste Foods
Newman’s Own Organics
& Newman’s Own
(except salad dressing)
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
FritoLay (Lay’s, Ruffles, Doritos,
Cheetos, Tostitos)
Hostess Products
(Interstate Brands)
Keebler (Kellogg’s)
Kraft (Nabisco, Nilla Wafers,
Oreos, Ritz, Nutter Butter,
Honey Maid, SnackWells,
Teddy Grahams, Wheat
Thins, Triscuit)
Pepperidge Farm (Campbell’s)
Pringles
Quaker Oats Company
Energy Bars
Non-GMO
Clif Bar
Genisoy Bars
Lara Bar
Luna Bar
Macrobars
Nature’s Path
Nutiva
Odwalla
Optimum Energy Bar
Organic Food Bar
Weil by Nature’s Path Organic
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Balance Bar
Nature Valley snack bars and
granola bars (General Mills)
Nabisco Bars (Kraft)
PowerBar (Nestle)
Quaker Granola Bars
SNACK FOODS
Look for snacks made from wheat, rice, or oats, and ones that
use sunflower or safflower oils. There is no GM popcorn on the
market, nor is there blue or white GM corn.

Chocolate

Non-GMO

Chocolove
Endangered Species Chocolate
Ghirardelli Chocolate
Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate
Newman’s Own
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Hershey’s
Nestlé (Crunch, Kit Kat, Smarties)
Toblerone (Kraft)
Candy
Non-GMO
Jelly Belly
Reed’s Crystallized Ginger
candy (certified organic)
St. Claire Organic
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Hershey’s
Lifesaver (Kraft)
Nestlé
CANDY, CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS
& SWEETENERS

Many sweeteners, and products like candy and chocolate that
contain them, can come from GMO sources. Look for organic
and non-GMO sweeteners, candy and chocolate products
made with 100% cane sugar, evaporated cane juice or organic
sugar to avoid GM beet sugar, and watch out for soy lecithin in
chocolates and corn syrup in candies.

The sweetener aspartame is derived from GM microorganisms.
It is also referred to as NutraSweet® and Equal® and is found
in over 6,000 products, including soft drinks, gum, candy,
desserts, yogurt, tabletop sweeteners, and some pharmaceuticals
such as vitamins and sugar-free cough drops.

Sweetners

Non-GMO

Eden
Sweet Cloud

Non-GMO

After the Fall organic juices
Big Island Organics
Blue Sky
Cascadian Farm
Crofters Organic
Eden
Odwalla
Organic Valley
Quinoa Gold
R.W. Knudsen organic juices
and spritzers (Smucker’s)
Santa Cruz Organic (Smucker’s)
Sea20 Organic Energy Drink
Teeccino Herbal Caffe
Walnut Acres Organic Juices
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Coca-Cola (Fruitopia, Minute
Maid, Hi-C, NESTEA)
Hansen Beverage Company
Hawaiian Punch
(Procter and Gamble)
Kraft (Country Time, Kool-Aid,
Crystal Light, Capri Sun, Tang)
Libby’s (Nestlé)
Ocean Spray
Pepsi (Tropicana, Frappuccino,
Gatorade, SoBe, Dole)
Sunny Delight (Procter and
Gamble)
SODAS, JUICES
& OTHER BEVERAGES

Most juices are made from GMO-free fruit (avoid papaya
though, as it could be GMO), but the prevalence of corn-based
sweeteners—e.g. high-fructose corn syrup—in fruit juices is
cause for concern. Many sodas are primarily comprised of
water and corn syrup. Look for 100-percent juice blends.

SPECIAL NOTE: This guide was compiled based on company statements,
not genetic testing. Any product labeled as Non-GMO indicates
that its manufacturing process is designed to avoid GMOs, but
consumers should be aware that GM contamination is possible due
to natural pollen movement, weather events, seed contamination,
or human error. Hence there is no guarantee such products are
100% free of GMOs.

INVISIBLE GM INGREDIENTS

Processed foods often have hidden GM sources (unless they
are organic or declared non-GMO). The following are ingredients
that may be made from GMOs.

Aspartame
baking powder
caramel color
cellulose
citric acid
cobalamin
(Vitamin B12)
corn gluten
corn masa
corn oil
corn syrup
cornmeal
cornstarch
cyclodextrin
cystein
dextrin
dextrose
diacetyl
diglyceride
fructose
fructose
(crystalline)
glucose
glutamate
glutamic acid
gluten
glycerides
glycerin
glycerol
glycerol
monooleate
glycine
hemicellulose
high fructose
corn syrup
(HFCS)
hydrogenated
starch
hydrolyzed vegetable
protein
inositol
invert sugar
(colorose or
inversol)
tamari
isoflavones
lactic acid
lecithin
leucine
lysine
malitol
maltodextrin
maltose
mannitol
methylcellulose
milo starch
modified starch
monosodium
glutamate MSG
oleic acid
Phenylalanine
phytic acid
sorbitol
soy flour
soy isolates
soy lecithin
soy protein
starch
stearic acid
inverse syrup
tempeh
threonine
tocopherols
(Vitamin E)
tofu
trehalose
triglyceride
vegetable fat
vegetable oil
Vitamin B12
Vitamin E
xanthan gum

Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) although usually derived from corn, is probably not GM
because it is not likely made in North America.

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