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The Choices
Behind Our Food

We choose ingredients that are great quality, safe to eat and help make our food accessible and affordable to all.

We know there is debate around some of the ingredients we use.  We listen to all sides. And make decisions based on what matters most to you.

Here we share why we make the choices we do, and any plans we may have to change our ingredients.

GMO

GMO is short for “genetically modified organisms.” It is sometimes called genetic engineering and refers to a process where desirable traits or characteristics are introduced into an organism.

In Canada, four main GM crops are currently grown, including canola, soybean, corn and sugar beet. Some farmers choose to use genetically modified seeds and have done so for nearly twenty years because it reduces costs and improves yields. These crops are used to make a wide range of different ingredients that are used in foods we eat every day, ranging from vegetable oils to some sugar.

We are comfortable using these genetically modified crops because scientists and Health Canada, who have been studying genetic engineering for many years, agree that food ingredients made with these methods are safe and aren’t different from other ingredients. Click here to learn more.

We know many of you want to know which ingredients we use are derived from these crops. The following list is a comprehensive selection of ingredients that we use that may be derived from crops grown from genetically engineered seeds. These ingredients are NOT used in all products.

Corn
Citric Acid
Corn
Corn chips
Corn oil
Corn flour
Corn gluten
Corn starch
Corn syrup
Dextrose
Glucose-Fructose
Maltodextrin
Modified corn starch

Sugar Beets
Brown sugar
Invert sugar
Molasses
Sugar

Soybeans
Hydrolyzed soy protein
Soybean flour
Soy lecithin
Soybean oil
Soy protein concentrate
Soy protein isolate
Soybean oil

Canola / Cottonseed
Canola oil
Cottonseed oil
Flax seed
Hydrogenated cottonseed oil
Margarine

High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup or HFCS is a liquid sweetener, also called Glucose-Fructose on food labels in Canada. Although we have significantly reduced our use of the ingredient in recent years, we do use high fructose corn syrup when it is right for the recipe, mostly to help deliver a smoother texture than other sugars can provide, or to keep the cost of a product affordable. High fructose syrup contains the same number of calories as table sugar and has been widely used in the food industry for more than fifty years.

Many people have told us they would prefer to avoid HFCS, which is why we will continue to move away from using it in new products we launch and explore opportunities to remove it from existing products.

More than 95% of the products we offer for retail sale in Canada do not contain high fructose corn syrup. It is used in some varieties of our Campbell’s® Condensed soups.

Artificial Flavours and Colours

We know that many people, and parents in particular, are keen to avoid artificial flavours and colours. We have been working to remove these ingredients from our products and currently more than 95% of our food doesn’t include them. We will continue to shift away from using these ingredients, and expect that by the end of 2018, we will have eliminated them from nearly all of our North American products.

TRANSITIONING TO NON-BPA PACKAGING

Steel cans are among the safest, most convenient, affordable and recyclable forms of packaging in the world. Our cans are coated on the inside with a thin layer of plastic to separate the food from the metal. This lining contains a very small amount of a substance called bisphenol A or BPA. This helps to keep the food safe and preserves its nutritional value.

Health Canada has concluded that the current dietary exposure to BPA through food packaging is not expected to pose a health risk to the general population. This conclusion has been re-affirmed by other international food regulatory agencies, including those of Canada’s major trading partners.*

However, we understand that some consumers would like to avoid BPA. In the U.S. and Canada, we began to ship cans which have linings made from acrylic or polyester materials in March 2016. We plan to have 75 percent of our soups in non-BPA lined cans by December 2016. As we ship nearly two billion cans each year, the transition will take some time, but we expect to be complete by the middle of 2017. This transition includes introducing non-BPA coatings to V8 beverage cans, microwaveable bowls and screw-top lids on glass jars.

We make a wide range of products in pouches, cartons and bowls that don’t use BPA. For example Campbell’s® Broths in cartons, Everyday Gourmet soups, Campbell’s® Soup Kits, Pepperidge Farm® Cracker Chips and Goldfish.

* Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency: 2011 – 2012 Bisphenol A in Canned Foods

MSG

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the sodium salt of a common amino acid. MSG can be added or naturally occurring (Glutamates) in many foods. It has been used safely as a seasoning in cooking for more than 100 years. It helps to impart a rich and pleasant savoury or umami flavour and is used to enhance the natural flavour of various foods such as soups, casseroles, salads, gravies, meat, poultry, seafood and vegetable dishes.

Many common foods, like tomatoes or cheese, have high levels of naturally-occurring free glutamates which are released during the cooking process. The body can’t tell the difference between naturally occurring or added glutamates.

MSG is lower in sodium compared with table salt (sodium chloride). It contains only 13 percent sodium compared to 39 percent sodium in table salt. This means a small amount of MSG can be used instead of salt to create an appealing savoury flavour. This is particularly useful when making great tasting foods which have reduced sodium and fat.

We recognize that different people have different tastes and dietary requirements, which is why we offer a variety of choices including our Healthy Request® and Everyday Gourmet line of soups that have no added MSG, but may contain naturally occurring glutamates.

Sodium

We know that having sodium-reduced choices is important to Canadians, that’s why we have been reducing sodium for over a decade. That’s also why we’re committed to providing lower sodium options across our family of products:

  • Our Healthy Request® soups are a delicious choice, each providing 480 mg sodium per serving
  • If you’re looking to make a lower sodium soup at home, our Campbell’s® No Salt Added or 30% Less Sodium Broths and Reduced Sodium varieties of Campbell’s® Condensed soups are great ways to add delicious flavour
  • For our iconic condensed Campbell’s soups (Tomato, Cream of Mushroom and Vegetable) you can find a similar flavour option at a reduced sodium level

Gluten Free

We recognize that gluten-sensitivity is a concern for many Canadians. That’s why we want to make it easy for them to find tasty, affordable and comforting food choices – like gluten-free Campbell’s® soups or Chunky® chilies.

Campbell Canada is continually testing our products in accordance with Health Canada guidelines in order to validate all our gluten-free products. This includes testing of products as well as implementing manufacturing controls that ensure our products meet your dietary needs.

From Soups To Chilies To Beverages, Campbell Canada Offers 48 Different Gluten-Free Products.

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