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Food Companies Face Serious Hurdles In Securing Non-GMO Certification For Their Products

May 26, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Amid growing pressure from governments and consumer groups, food companies are working to replace genetically modified ingredients with non-GMO ones. Several state legislatures have approved or are considering bills that would require labeling of food products that contain GMO ingredients. Worldwide, consumers are organizing protests and other mass actions to call on food manufacturers to remove genetically modified ingredients from products or clearly label them as such. Food company thinkThin's experience with replacing GMO ingredients with their non-GMO counterparts and securing certification for its Crunch snack bars from the Non-GMO Project illustrates the difficulties that the food industry faces overall. Also, demand for non-genetically modified materials has led to dramatic increases in prices of non-GMO ingredients, adding more headaches to food companies.
STEPHANIE STROM, "Seeking Food Ingredients That Aren’t Gene-Altered", The New York Times , May 26, 2013, © The New York Times Company
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