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Original Cheerios Goes GMO Free


Consumers across the U.S. are now seeing “not made with genetically modified ingredients” on familiar yellow boxes of original Cheerios.

Original Cheerios has always been made with whole grain oats, and there are no GMO (genetically modified organism) oats, according to Tom Forsythe, VP of global communications for General Mills, maker of Cheerios.

“We do use a small amount of corn starch in cooking, and just 1g of sugar per serving for taste,” he says on the cereal brand’s website. “And now that corn starch comes only from non-GM corn, and our sugar is only non-GM pure cane sugar.

“What changed is how we source and handle certain ingredients in our plants.”

Forsythe notes that the change was made because “we think consumers may embrace it.”

“General Mills offers non-GM choices in most of our major categories in the U.S., and now we can say the same about the ingredients in original Cheerios.”

Other varieties of Cheerios may contain GMOs, though Forsythe stresses the safety of GM ingredients.

“Biotech seeds, also known as genetically modified seeds, have been approved by global food safety agencies and widely used by farmers in global food crops for almost 20 years,” he says.

“And it was never about pressure,” he adds of making original Cheerios GMO free. “In fact, General Mills’ position on GMOs hasn’t changed.”

According to General Mills, it supports a national GMO labeling solution.

“There’s a government-approved national standard for labeling non-GM products in Europe and in Canada, and General Mills believes a national standard for labeling non-GM products would benefit American consumers as well,” the company says. “We’ve long opposed state-by-state labeling laws, as we’ve explained publicly.”

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