Unlabeled GMO Sugars in Common Foods

| 10/31/2008 10:49:46 AM

Tags: GMOs, Monsanto, sugars, FDA,



The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a long tradition of  neglecting to determine the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods, and it appears that tradition is holding strong. According to GM Sugar Beet: Trick or Treat? from Grist, GM beet sugar may begin appearing in the food supply as early as 2009 — combined with non-GM sugar and sold as "sugar" — and without any labeling to indicate that the final products contain any GM ingredients.

According to Grist, "Manufacturers of candy, cereal, granola bars, baby food, breads — anything that contains sugar — would be hard-pressed to avoid using sugar derived from GM beet sugar once it's introduced into the market. This "no label" policy eliminates food producers' right to know, choose, or refuse to use non-GM sugar in its products. It also keeps consumers in the dark."

While Monsanto's Roundup-Ready sugar beets are being increasingly used as food shortages create a demand for higher yielding crops (Read more about the Millions Against Monsanto at the Organic Consumer Association Web site.), there is some hope for satisfying your sweet tooth without sampling engineered treats. Simply stick to candies that are made with sugar cane, cane juice or certified organic sugar to make sure you're getting the real deal. 


Michele Bline
11/11/2008 11:54:00 PM

I am severely aggrivated about the whole GMO thing. I grow vegetables for farmers markets and I am amazed at how many farmers grow Roundup Ready sweet corn. We definitely need a manditory genetic labeling law. What about the million things derrived from corn that appear in all our food. Or the oils we cook with, or the meat we eat that are fed that stuff.

11/11/2008 9:35:52 AM

The USDA and the FDA should demand labeling GE foods, as consumers we have the right to know. But we also have the power to buy certified organic products only.

11/10/2008 3:18:33 PM

Whether for or against GMOs, labeling which gives consumers knowledge of what they are buying and consuming is _essential_ and only decency and common sense. It's an -outrage- that there will be no labeling! Many foods today have ingredients in them that are debated as safe or not, including GMOs. BUT, at least those ingredients are labeled so buyers can look and see what is in the food. This is a DANGER to the public's rights of knowledge when no labeling is provide, and feels truly subversive and insidious. Anyone who feels like taking action, notify those in authority (quick e-mail, even) how you feel about the issue of -no labeling-, which is the true violation.

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