Your Valentine's Day Candy May Be Filled With GMOs

Much of the Valentine's Day candy sold by Hersheys and Mars includes GMO-risk ingredients such as soy lecithin and cornstarch. Take a stand this year and say no to GMOs in your Valentine's Day candy.

| February 7, 2013

Reposted with permission from GMO Inside. 

What will you get your loved one this Valentine’s Day? If genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in chocolates are not on your shopping list, you will want to know about GMO Inside's new push to get the nation’s largest candy manufacturers — Hershey and Mars — to break up with GMOs in 2013.

GMO Inside, a campaign dedicated to advancing the right of consumers to know whether or not foods are genetically engineered, is calling on Hershey and Mars to either stop putting GMOs in Valentines candy and other products … or to start labeling the products as containing GMOs.

Hershey and Mars combined comprise nearly 70 percent of the U.S. chocolate market. The two companies are not shy about their love affair with GMOs; together they spent more than a million dollars to oppose GMO labeling in California in the November 2012 election. Hershey is reported to have spent $518,900 to defeat Prop 37 and Mars spent $498,350.

The reason these companies oppose GMO labeling so strongly is due to the fact that GMO ingredients are in their sweets; a label would surely make a consumer think twice about eating their favorite candy bar.

For example, these popular candies contain the following GMO-risk ingredients:

2/3/2014 12:20:31 PM

The problem with cornstarch is that unless its organic or non-GMO, it will be made with GMO corn, which has had a certain soil bacteria inserted into the DNA of the corn plant. This bacteria has been linked to bad allergies and other health problems because it kills off your good intestinal bacteria, not a good thing. The food companies know this but keep using GMO corn and soy because they are cheap, not because they are good for people. Before GMO corn and soy were created, companies used ordinary, non-GMO crops in food. Everyone has the right to choose what they want to eat, but when GMO products are not labelled, those who don't want the problems from eating them have an unfair challenge.

2/3/2014 9:00:17 AM

I checked my peanut butter cups that I still have from Christmas and they list all the ingredients so what is the problem. I like them and I'll eat them every now and then. We don't need the government or other agencies trying to warn us about what we eat. Everyone likes gravy, so what's wrong with cornstarch? Been eating it for over 50 years and there's nothing wrong with me. I'm very healthy. I also happen to like sugar on my grapefruit and cereal. Can't imagine what these people think is wrong with it. I imagine the only way any of these things can hurt you is if you eat to much candy or gravy for that matter. I'd be more worried about becoming overweight or rotting my teethe.

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