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Whole Foods Market to label GMO products

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Staff writer ▼ | March 11, 2013
Whole Foods Market announced that, by 2018, all products in its U.S. and Canadian stores must indicate if they contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
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Whole Foods MarketWhole Foods Market announced that, by 2018, all products in its U.S. and Canadian stores must indicate if they contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).


Whole Foods Market has been collaborating with its supplier partners for several years to source products without GMO ingredients. Three years ago, the company began putting its 365 Everyday Value line through Non-GMO Project verification and encouraged its grocery supplier partners to do the same. The company currently sells 3,300 Non-GMO Project verified products from 250 brands, more than any other retailer in North America.

The company has seven stores in the U.K. which already requires labeling for all foods or feeds that intentionally contain or are produced from GMO ingredients.

Walter Robb"The prevalence of GMOs in the U.S. paired with nonexistent mandatory labeling makes it very difficult for retailers to source non-GMO options and for consumers to choose non-GMO products. Accordingly, we are stepping up our support of certified organic agriculture, where GMOs are not allowed, and we are working together with our supplier partners to grow our non-GMO supply chain," said Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market.

Until there is GMO labeling, consumers can rely on Non-GMO Project verified products and certified organic products if they want to avoid GMOs. The U.S. National Organic Standards prohibit the intentional use of GMO seed in the production of organic crops. As a pioneer in the U.S. organic food movement for the past 32 years, Whole Foods Market now offers thousands of organic products, the largest variety in the country.


 

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