Heinz Baby Food is GMO Free

Jan 31, 2003

By George Anderson

Heinz is being applauded by Greenpeace and others for guaranteeing it is not using any genetically modified ingredients in its baby foods.

A report by CTV in Canada said that Heinz along with Nestle, Mead Johnson and other manufacturers were being pressured to make products that do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMO).

Last October, Greenpeace began publishing a color guide showing products containing GMOs. Canada, as the US, does not require companies to label whether their products contain or are free of GMOs.

Pat Venditti of Greenpeace told CTV that Heinz’ action represented the first time “any company has been forthright in saying that they’re not using genetically engineered food in their baby foods.”

Laurie Curry of the Food and Consumer Products Manufacturers of Canada said, “The most important thing for consumers and mums with babies is that all of these products have been approved (by Ottawa), meaning they’re safe for use.”

Moderator’s Comment: How should manufacturers and retailers
deal with concerns surrounding GMOs, understanding that this is an emotional
issue as well as a scientific/medical one?

Great public relations move by Heinz. That said, we’re
not sure any food sold today can really pass the GMO free test. Is there any
fruit, vegetable or grain being harvested that is exactly the same as it was
in its wild state?
Anderson – Moderator

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