Are Natural Foods Natural?

Most US packaged foods labeled ‘natural’ have GM ingredients – report

Non-profit finds that while ‘organic’ products lack GM ingredients, many cereals, chips and infant formula contain them

Three tomatoes grown from genetically modified seeds. Photograph: Alamy

A majority of US packaged foods labeled as “natural” and tested by Consumer Reports actually contained a substantial level of genetically modified ingredients, according to a report issued Tuesday by the non-profit product testing group.

Consumers are being misled by the “natural” label, said Urvashi Rangan, executive director of Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability.

Consumer Reports said it had conducted a survey of more than 80 different processed foods containing corn or soy, the two most widely grown genetically engineered crops in the United States, to determine whether labeling claims for GMO presence were accurate.

While foods labeled as “non-GMO”, or “organic” were found to be free of genetically modified corn and soy, virtually all of the foods labeled as “natural” or not labeled with any claim related to GMO content contained substantial amounts of GMO ingredients, Consumer Reports said.

GMOs were present in breakfast cereals, chips and infant formula, the group said.

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Yep! I’m on top of this one! They’re all a bunch of lying buggers!
    http://organicsimply.com/2/post/2014/02/february-08th-2014.html
    Peace,
    Sara
    😉

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  2. There are no regulations in the US on several words. Natural, whole grain, and many more are unregulated so manufacturers use them to try and trick consumers.

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  3. Yep. I just refuse to buy any food from the US. It’s the only way around it. Luckily we don’t get too many US imports here in New Zealand, but the number has been rising steadily over the past few years 😦

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  4. I try to buy mostly fresh and local produce, organic if possible. I wish our government here in the US would bow to consumers’ wishes and labeled the d***ed stuff. Trader Joe’s supermarket claims none of its store brands contain GMO, but since it’s not regulated, I can only hope they’re telling the truth. I try not to buy anything with corn or soy unless it’s labeled organic. Thanks for your vigilance, AV!

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