A: Bioengineered or genetic modification refers development of seeds to introduce specific traits in a plant such as corn. The traits are used to enable crops to be drought resistant as well as insect resistant to prevent damage or poor crops. These bioengineered seeds must be approved by global food safety regulators before they are planted by farmers. These bioengineered seeds, or as also known as GMOs, have been approved by global food safety agencies and widely used by farmers in global food crops for almost 20 plus years. In fact, GMOs are present in 70-80% of foods consumed in the U.S. today.
A: Yes. Major global scientific and regulatory bodies that approved genetically modified foods are safe. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Health Canada World Health Organization as well as (WHO), the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have all completed evaluations on this question and all have found bioengineered crops to be as safe, nutritious, and acceptable as their conventional counterparts.
A: We formulate only with non- genetically modified ingredients. We only approve suppliers that have appropriate controls on their ingredients and processing conditions.
A: First and foremost, we start with ingredients that are sourced from suppliers that have robust programs to ensure ingredients that are not genetically modified. They must be able to source their ingredients from non-GMO sources and maintain through their process the conditions to minimize any crossover of genetically modified ingredients. On higher risk ingredients we will do some additional testing to confirm compliance to our expectations. If an ingredient is genetically modified or contains genetically modified ingredients we will not use in our non-GMO products.
A: We make a concerted effort to prevent that from occurring in our non-genetically modified products. However, Continental Mills as well as International regulations and certifying bodies recognize that there is a chance that some genetically modified ingredients can become comingled in the process of harvesting, handling and processing. Our expectations align with the highest standards in the food industry, we target to maintain less than 1% foreign DNA allowed in any non-genetically modified ingredients.
A: For further information about the safety of biotech crops, we invite you to visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the European Food Safety Authority or the U.N. World Health Organization