Which brands of food to NOT buy when avoiding GE Ingredients?

Which brands of food to NOT buy when avoiding GE Ingredients?

As parents or guardians who source the freshest, highest possible nutritional items, devoid of chemicals, colourings and additives, most of you will be aware there is another ‘landmine’ we now need to be wary of whilst grocery shopping  – GE or GM foods.

We might at times be tempted to throw a Toblerone or Lindt chocolate bar in our trolley, a Nestle product, some small goods from the deli section, however when you look at the list of common brands below that contain GE foods you too might become more selective.

The full definition of a GMO is an organism that has been modified by gene technology, inheriting particular traits from  the initial organism because of gene technology.

Currently there are only three GM crops in Australia that have been approved (for growing) to date, certain varieties of GM cotton and two varieties of GM canola. So far, insect protection and herbicide tolerance are the characteristics most commonly introduced into crops. Most of the GM foods available in Australia today come from GM crops grown and processed overseas. In June 2005, FSANZ approved twenty-five GM foods and GM food products from soybeans, canola, corn, potato, sugar beet and cotton. These GM foods are typically only found in processed foods and cannot be purchased as fresh food.

These include, for example:

  • GM soybean
  • GM canola
  • GM corn
  • GM potato.

Some potential food uses or GM foods currently approved for sale in Australia and New Zealand include:

  • Soybean – Soy foods include soy beverages, tofu, soy oil, soy flour.Products containing soy may include breads, pastries, snack foods, baked products, fried products, edible oil products and special purpose foods.
  • Canola (oilseed rape) – Canola oil. Products made with canola oil may include fried foods, baked products and snack foods.
  • Corn – Corn foods include kernels, oil, corn flour and sugar. Products containing corn may include baked goods, fried foods, edible oil products, confectionery, special purpose foods and soft drinks. PLEASE NOTE if you are on a gluten-free diet many gluten free products for example pasta contain corn. Ensure your brand does not therefore contain GE ingredients.
  • Potato – Whole potatoes. Products containing potato may include snack foods, processed potato products and other processed foods.
  • Sugar beet – Sugar beet is processed into sugar which may be used in processed foods.
  • Cotton – Cottonseed oil and linters may be used in vegetable oils, fried foods, baked foods, snack foods, edible oil products and small goods casings.

Consumers can determine if a food product contains GM ingredients by simply looking at the label as all food containing GM products is legally obliged to be labelled as such.

Yet whilst Australia and New Zealand have one of the most comprehensive labelling regimes for GM food in the world, you will still have to be diligent.

Greenpeace, in response to the fact that the majority of Australians do not want to eat genetically engineered (GE) food, has released a list, the “true food guide.”A guide that:
– highlights brands currently sold in Australia that may allow GE ingredients to contaminate their supply
and
– those that need to be encouraged and rewarded for actively avoiding ingredients from GE crops. I have included it below to help you in your quest to  survive the great supermarket scramble, happy hunting….

Green List: Brands that actively avoid ingredients from GE crops. Red List: Brands that may allow GE ingredients to contaminate their supply.
Aldi exclusive brand
Arnott’s
Asia@Home
Bega
Berri
Campbell’s
Capilano
Carman’s fine foods
Coca Cola
Colesfinest
Coles Smartbuy
Devondale
Dick smith foods
ETA
Fantastic Snacks
Ferrero Rocher
flora
Foodland-IGA
Fountain
Gold’n’Canola
Heinz
Helga’s Bread
IGA Metcash
Jaina Dairy Foods
Kellogg’s
Kinder Surprise
King Island Dairy
Leo’s Fine food and Wine
Lillydale
Manning Valley Eggs
McCain
Meadow Lea
Milawa Free Range
Mighty Soft
Mocopan
Mountain fresh
Newman’s Own
Nudie
Nutella
Nuttelex
Olive Grove
Paradise Biscuits
Parmalat
Pauls
Praise
Pureharvest
San Remo
Sandhurst Fine Foods
Sanitarium
spiral foods
Streets
Tablelands
Tasmanian Heritage
Tatura Milk
Vogel’s
Wattie’s
Weet Bix
Weis ice cream
White wings
Yoplait
You’ll Love Coles
Baker’s Delight
Baiada
Birds Eye
Bonox
Burgen
Cadbury
CC’s
Country gold
Dairy Farmers
Dolmio
Don Smallgoods
Fonterra
Franklins
George Weston foods
Inghams
John West
Kan Tong
Kraft
Leggo’s
Lindt
Maggi
Mainland Dairy
Mars
Master Foods
Milo
Nestle
Noble Rise
Oreo
Pace Farm Eggs
Pepsi
Philadelphia
Ritz
Safeway
Sara Lee
Schweppes
Smith’s
SPC Ardmona
Steggles
Tip Top
Toblerone
Uncle Toby’s
Vegemite
Weight Watchers
Woolworths