Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Product: Trident The Ultimate Fish Stick

I wrote the Trident company that sells fish sticks that my family likes. Here's what I wrote to them....."My family loves this product. I have recently became concerned about foods containing GMO's (genetically engineered).

I encourage you to get non-gmo ingredients. GMO's are hurting our health. Your product contains Yellow corn flour, rice flour, Yellow corn meal, sugar, Canola oil, Corn starch and Soybean oil, ALL OF WHICH CAN BE GMO. That's a lot of genetically engineered items in your product. Please consider sourcing those items as non-gmo or organic or substituting them. GMO's are often spliced with viruses, bacterias, genes, and antibiotic resistance. Please let me know if you can go gmo free. Thank you for more information on gmo's and labels here are 2 good websites http://www.nongmoproject.org/

AND THEIR REPLY........From: Dayana Melgar dmelgar@TridentSeafoods.com

"Hello Sherry-

Here at Trident Seafoods, we are committed to providing you the best seafood possible and take great pride in producing top quality products. We support this commitment from the point our seafood is harvested to when it reaches your plate.

The ingredients used in Trident Seafoods finished products may or may not be derived from genetically modified ingredients. Current policy is to leave the selection decision up to the ingredient producer, who will make their choices based on existing agronomic and economic factors.

Accordingly, ingredients sourced by Trident Seafoods for the production of our products may result from in commingling of GM and Non-GM sources.

It should be noted that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency after numerous studies have concluded that GM crops present no undue safety hazard for the consumer.

We are continually incorporating consumer feedback to build improvements into our existing products (and to help guide us when creating new ones!). I will be forwarding your comments on to several key department staff members throughout our organization.
And… if you are interested, we have general consumer information to send out, that I think you would enjoy; the “consumer pak”--which has health & nutrition information, as well as recipes/serving suggestions. If you would like to receive one, please provide your U.S. postal mailing address.

Thank you again for your patronage and please don’t hesitate to reach me if you have additional questions or comments.


Friday, April 5, 2013

I contacted more companies asking if they use gmo's

We appreciate your interest in Nature’s Place Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk.  In response to your inquiry, this product does NOT contain GMO’s.

We hope you enjoy Nature’s Place Almond Milk.

Gina Becker
Jasper Products, LLC.

The soy used in Natural Brain Enhancers comes from non-GMO soy.


Customer Care

 cheese gmo's
They are all non-gmo. To eliminate the confustion though, we are transitioning to a new product using tapioca maltodextrin, coconut and sunflower oils. You'll see that at the stores soon enough. 

The current corn maltodextrin is grown in the US even, which we thought was pretty cool... but because SO MUCH CORN IS GMO in the US, it's easier just to switch over to tapioca maltodextrin... even if it is from overseas.  

Also, the new formula removes palm oil from the recipe. 

Thanks for the email! 

Ryan Howard
Thank for your question. Tracy forwarded your question to us because we are the franchisees of the Vancouver location.  However, we generally purchase the same food products from the same vendors.  
I’ve been doing a little research, so I am sorry I did not respond sooner. I am also sorry that I cannot answer your questions with complete certainty.  In the U.S., although many consumers want to know whether their food contains GMOs, there are no mandatory labeling requirements and GMOs are allowed.  I’ve interacted with food vendors who cannot answer with certainty whether or not certain food products contain genetically modified organisms because there is no required disclosure.  For example, our produce vendor works on trust with its growers (many of them smaller family farms in the Pacific Northwest) who say they do not use GMO seed (especially on products like corn and soy) but there is not guaranteed certification unless the items are certified organic.  At this time, not all of our produce or menu ingredients are organic, but at different points in the year that might vary.
I’m continuing to do more research on this so I can provide a more complete answer, and because I am personally interested.  It is possible we could make some changes down the road, and hopefully the legislation will change.  I’ll keep you updated.
Thank you!
Amy Pratt
Due to the prevalence of the GMOs in the commodity grain market, and the limited availability of verified non-GMO feed, we cannot require the use of only non-GMO feed for our products.

Nature’s Rancher 

Your ‘final’ dairy products may be GM free but can you confirm that the grain/supplements fed to your cows are GM free?
The Irish Dairy Board and Kerrygold work closely with farmers to ensure the highest standards for our ingredients. GM is a relatively new issue in an Irish context. We are taking an active role in exploring the potential and challenges around using GM free grain in the Irish dairy industry. Supplementary feeds are important for the health of the animals. Some of these will contain soy and corn. At present, the Irish Dairy Board cannot guarantee that grain supplements used by farmers will all be GM free.
We can confirm that Kerrygold butter and cheese do not contain GM ingredients.

Nutritional Yeast using gmo but testing not gmo??

Thank you for your inquiry

The source is beet molasses.

In the USA the majority of corn and sugar beet are grown from GMO seed. We use only the sugar from these raw materials.
The sugar is screened for the presence of GMO DNA and GMO Protein, by a third party.  Since we began testing in 2005, there has never been a positive test.  The end product, the nutritional yeast, is also screened and no GMO DNA OR GMO Protein has ever been found.


Florence FARKAS

Sales Specialist

Friday, January 25, 2013

My GMO-free life

I do not eat genetically modified food most of the time. That means I live a GMO free lifestyle. They make me ill. I was eating homemade tortillas on a daily basis & started to get ill with the same symptoms that I get when I eat GMO's. I searched my house & couldn't figure out why I was getting sick again but then I found the reason. I was using baking powder in my tortillas and I looked on the container & there in the ingredients list was "corn starch". As many of you know, most all corn is genetically modified. I threw it out and got well again.

Please watch the movie called "Genetic Roulette" put out by "The Institute for Responsible Technology" (Jeffrey Smith). Some of the symptoms that other people get from genetically modified foods are talked about on that film. I get some of those symptoms and more. It's like they'll build up in my body & I get sicker if I continue to ingest foods that contain corn, soy, canola, sugar beets or other known GMO foods.

Please take part in any local GMO labeling effort that goes on in your community. Other countries do label GMO products but the United States does not so people are working to try & change that but so far have been unsuccessful.

Please create awareness by asking about genetically engineered food where-ever you shop or eat. Thanks

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Nature's Rancher Question

 How sad!!! Look below at the question I sent in and the reply

Questions: Could you please consider using non-GMO corn and soy feed and products. If something is not labeled as organic then I look for the non-gmo label when I shop and I don\'t see that on your products. I really like your products but I am buying more non-gmo products. Here\'s a website with gmo info. and getting a label http://www.nongmoproject.org/take-action/action-for-retailers/ Thank you

 Re: Nature's Rancher Question/Comment

Due to the prevalence of the GMOs in the commodity grain market, and the limited availability of verified non-GMO feed, we cannot require the use of only non-GMO feed for our products.
NatureĆ¢€™s Rancher

Monday, June 13, 2011

San-J Soy sauce GMO inquiry

To: Jocelynn Hart Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 8:46 PM
San-J International, Inc.
2880 Sprouse Drive
Richmond, VA 23231
p. 804.226.8333
p. 800.446.5500
f. 804.226.8383

Hello, I was wondering if you use organic corn alcohol in your products or GMO corn alcohol? I am looking for a fermented soy sauce product to replace my old brand with & have never tried yours. Thanks so much from Sherry

The REPLY.....
From: "Mark Mansfield" <MMansfield@san-j.com>
 Sent: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 09:04 AM
San-J uses Organic Alcohol derived from sugarcane in the organic products and conventional alcohol derived from sugarcane in conventional products.

In the past San-J used corn based alcohol.  However, due to the GMO issues with corn and availability, San-J switched to alcohols derived from sugarcane.

It would be possible to use corn based alcohol again, however, it would be necessary that it would comply with the requirements for the Non-GMO Project. 

Please let me know if you need any additional information.


Mark Mansfield

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I have stopped writing companies,

I have asked restaurants where does there chicken or meat come from and the answer I always get is "from our supplier". I ask where do they get it from & the answer is "I don't know". So, therefore I no longer eat out unless I want to eat GMO food & try to detox later. There was one restaurant that advertised an organic salad on the menu so I inquired about ordering it & found out that only the spinach was organic, the rest of the salad was not organic. I encourage others to continue to keep up on the new GMO food hitting the market & sign all petitions wanting GMO food to be labeled. Also, vote daily by buying organic food or food that is labeled non-gmo.