Pocket Shopper's Guide to Avoiding GE Foods

The Center for Food Safety
The Center for Food Safety

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This Pocket Shopper’s Guide to Avoiding GE Foods published by The Center for Food Safety answers the most pertinent and urgent consumer question about genetically modified foods. Which supermarket foods are genetically engineered?

With the absence of GM food labeling standards in the United States, many consumers and advocacy groups have expressed great anxiety over the safety of the foods in our stores. In the words of the publisher, “[t]his pocket guide is designed as a quick reference to help you reclaim your right to know about the food you eat and feed your family.” It goes to name some GE-free foods and those that may contain GE ingredients.

The shopper’s guide identifies three categories of foods:

  1. Foods that have not been genetically engineered - for example, “most whole foods – almost all fruits and vegetables, beans, rice, wheat, and other grains – are not not genetically engineered.”
  2. Foods derived from animals fed or treated with GE products - While GE animals, including fish, are not yet commercialized, they are fed and treated with GE hormones and products. This guide helps you “identify and avoid meat, fish, and dairy products derived from animals that may have been fed or treated with GE products. This includes canned meats and fish and processed foods that may contain milk-derived ingredients, such as whey and milk powders and solids obtained from cows injected with GE hormone rBGH (also called rBST).”
  3. GE foods and ingredients - Many of the widely used crops have been genetically altered. Of most concern are the “Big Four:” corn, soy, canola, and cotton. “These crops – especially their byproducts – find their way into the majority of packaged foods in our supermarkets.”

Think before you shop and bon appetit!

Click to view the Pocket Shopper’s Guid to Avoiding GE Foods.