So i called up Heinz to find out if their ketchup contained any genetically modified ingredients since i have no interested in eating that ****.
The rep on the phone said “we cannot guarantee that our products do not contain genetically modified ingredients”. For me that meant “yes it does, but no way we’re confessing”. So…. I then proceeded to tweet it.
Heinz caught word and sent us the following:
“In fact, our Heinz Tomato Ketchup products never contain genetically engineered ingredients. I apologize if our Consumer Affairs representative was not sufficiently clear in his explanation.
It may also interest you to know that every tomato that goes into every bottle of Heinz Ketchup sold in Canada, except for our organic variety, is grown by 47 farmers whose fields are within 100 kms of our Leamington, Ontario plant where it is made.
Heinz Canada is committed to providing a range of safe and nutritious products that consumers will both enjoy and trust. Sincerely, Joan Patterson Corporate Affairs Leader Heinz Canada”
Thanks for the clarification!!!!
UPDATE – According to a comment made from Doc below “Heinz is not responding at all to requests for more information about the (presumably) GMO beet sugar that replaced the (assumed) GMO HFCS in their product. You do the math.”
I called a few others last week……
Kettle Chips confirms they’re GMO free. (crunching away)
I also contacted Consumer Services for Smucker Foods regarding their Robin Hood Flour. They didn’t even respond. So now I spend 2x as much on organic flour.
When companies say “they cannot guarantee that their products do not contain genetically modified ingredients” I boycott.
Innkeeper’s Bed & Breakfast bread at Costco and Oregon Trail™ sold at Sams Club is genetically modified and made by Cargill = bread.com. Watch out for their other brands.
I won’t support companies who choose to use genetically modified ingredients. This article by a farmer also gave me a new perspective on GMO crops.
Does your food contain genetically modified ingredients? Here what you can do today….
- Call or e-mail companies that you buy from on a regular basis and ask them what their GMO policies are. Do they have any? Are they planning on drawing one up?
- Get the Non-GMO Project Shopping Guide app on your iPhone.
- Slowly influence your friends by mocking them on their ignorant food choices.
Take 2min to call or send an e-mail, chances are companies will stand up and pay attention to what we want.
Do the research slowly, at the pace of one item per week or even per month. Blog your responses. If you don’t have time, send them in.
Genetic Modified Foods and GM Animals will be the embarrassment of our generation just like environmental pollution is to our parents.