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.
Modified corn starch
Hydrolyzed soy protein
Soy protein concentrate
Soy protein isolate
Canola / Cottonseed
Hydrogenated cottonseed oil