Crops & Products that are gm or May Contain gmos – Lists the Desired Traits for which Genes are Modified Soybeans

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Crops & Products that are GM or May Contain GMOs – Lists the Desired Traits for which Genes are Modified

Soybeans – herbicide tolerant gene

Corn for food processing (high fructose corn syrup, corn flour, meal, starch, gluten, and syrup), animal feed, fuel, & sweet corn in 2012 (fresh, canned & frozen) - Bt pesticide toxin & herbicide tolerant genes

Rapeseed/Canola – herbicide tolerant gene

Sugar beets – gene for tolerance to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide ('sugar' may contain GM, but 'cane sugar' is not)

Rice – herbicide tolerant gene (not sold commercially, but small amount of imported rice was found contaminated)

Cotton (seed oil & meal for animal feed) - Bt toxin gene

Papayas –half the Hawaiian crop, virus resistant gene

Farm raised salmon –genes to make larger, faster growing fish engineered into salmon, but not yet released commercially; may also be fed GE corn, soy, canola
Animal feed may contain GM soy, corn,

alfalfa hay, cotton or canola oil or meal:
Dairy & meat - GE hormone rBGH (rBST) injected into cows; feeds listed above. Grass- or pasture-finished animals less likely to have GM contents than animals fed conventional feed until slaughter. Organic animal products must be fed organic feed and given time in pasture.

Eggs –most poultry feed probably contains GMOs listed above unless certified organic. 100% organic means feed was non GMO. "Free-range", "natural", or "cage-free" may not be GM-free. Eggs must be organic to assure no GM.

Links to Updated NON-GMO Verified Brands

For complete non-GMO shopping guides that include current NON-GMO Project VERIFIED brands, go to links above. They have apps and updates to smart phones. This short list was compiled and produced by Jan Dietrick, MPH, for patients who have just learned about GMOs and need quick help figuring out how to avoid them by reading labels, inquiring to manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, and staying current with other guides. Rev 1/5/12

Possible Hidden GM Ingredients in Food

acids: citric, lactic, oleic, phytic, stearic,

amino acids (cystein, glutamate or glutamic acid, glycine, leucine, lysine, phenylalanine, threonine)

aspartame – made from GE bacteria

baking powder

beet sugar

canola oil (rapeseed)

caramel color

cellulose, hemicellulose, methylcellulose

corn flour, gluten, masa, meal, oil, sugar, syrup

cornstarch or milo starch

dextrose, dextrins


erythritol, inositol, sorbitol

flavoring (artifical or natural may be soy-based)

food starch, hydrogenated starch

fructose (any form)


gluten (corn)

glycerides, glycerin, glycerol, glycerol monooleate, diglyceride

guar gum, gum arabic, xanthum gum (may be up to 10% added soy protein)

high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)

hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), protein isolate

inverse syrup, invert sugar, inversol



malt, malt syrup, malt extract, maltodextrin, maltose

malitol, mannitol

modified starch or food starch

monosodium glutamate (MSG)

soybeans made into curds, flour, granules, isolates, lecithin, milk, miso, nuts, oil, protein, protein isolate, sprouts,

sauce (including shoyu & tamari)

starch (corn)

sugar (brown, confectioners, granular, unless pure cane or not mixed with sugar made from sugarbeets)

textured vegetable protein (TVP)

tofu & tempeh

vegetable broth, fat, gum, oil, protein, starch

Vitamin B2 (thiamine mononitrate) & Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)

Vitamin E (tocopherols)

whey & whey powder depending on additives

Soy Infant Formulas that May Contain Foreign Proteins & Herbicide

Enfamil (Mead Johnson)

Good Start & Nestlé brands

Similac/Isomil, except Similac Organic (Abbott Labs)

Brands That May Contain GM Ingredients

Balance Bar

Campbell’s (Franco-American, Healthy Request, Chunky, Pace, Prego, Pepperidge Farm, Simply Home, Swanson)

Coca-Cola (Fruitopia, Minute Maid, Hi-C, NESTEA)

Con Agra (Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice, Hunt’s, Kid's Cuisine, Marie Callender's, Pam, Peter Pan, Wesson)

Del Monte

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group


General Mills (Alta Colombo, Betty Crocker, Green Giant, Nature Valley, Old El Paso, Progresso)

Hansen Beverage Company

Heinz (Classico)


Hormel products (Chi-Chi’s, Dinty Moore, Stagg)

Kellogg (Eggo Waffles, Kashi, Morningstar Farms unless

organic, i.e. Breakfast Patties Made with Organic Soy)

Kemps , aside from “Select” brand

Kraft (Calumet; Country Time; Kool-Aid; Crystal Light; Capri Sun, Tang; Boca unless non-GMO labeled; Lifesaver; Nabisco Bars; Tombstone)

Land O’ Lakes


Nestle (Lean Cuisine, Libby’s, Power Bar, Rosetto Frozen Pasta, Stouffer’s)

Ocean Spray


Pepsi (Tropicana, Frappuccino, Gatorade, SoBe, Dole)

Pinnacle Foods (Aunt Jemima,Celeste, Duncan Hines)

Procter and Gamble (Hawaiian Punch, Sunny Delight)

Quaker (Granola, Pasta Roni & Rice-A-Roni)

Smucker's (fruit products except Simply 100% Fruit”,

Crisco, Hungry Jack, Pillsbury, Totino's)

The Country’s Best Yogurt

Unilever/Birds Eye (Bertolli , Hellman’s , Knorr, Lipton meal packets, Ragu, Skippy, Voila!, Wish-Bone)

8th Continent – 'Complete Vanilla" (others non-GMO)

Processed Foods that May Contain GM Ingredients

Asian menu items

bacon bits

bakery goods

baking mixes – cakes, cookies, muffins, pancakes, waffles

beverage mixes - hot chocolate, instant tea, lemonade

bouillon cubes - beef, chicken, vegetable, etc

bread and bread crumbs, stuffing mix

breakfast cereal (some cereals contain no soy)

butter substitutes or anything with “butter flavor”

candy and chocolate (most brands except some baking chocolate and that made with cocoa butter instead of lecithin)

canned tuna, i.e. packed in water flavored with vegetable (soy) broth

canned meat products unless otherwise stated

carob-unless 100%

crackers (Goldfish, Saltines)

chips – corn & others that contain soy or a GM oil (some potato chips are nonGMO)

diet food-most


citric acid (can be derived from fruit, corn, or soy)

cooking sprays (except 100% olive oil sprays may not contain soy contamination notice)

cream and half and half (check ingredient label)

“dairy free” products

dairy topping, can or packaged mix

deli and sliced prepared meats


energy drinks, energy bars

fast food & prepared frozen food (breading, buns, meat, sauces all could contain soy filler)

gravies and marinades

ham or smoked anything (check ingredient list)

hot dogs, packaged cold meats, sausage

ice cream (most supermarket brands)

imitation crab meat




macaroni and cheese


peanut butter, soy or seed butters (look for 100% peanuts, nuts or seeds, organic or Trader Joe's label)

pet food – except organic and Trader Joe's brand

pizza, commercial


popcorn-already popped or pop and serve

salad dressings

sauces: teriyaki, Worcestershire, shoyu, soy, sweet and sour, tamari

seasoning blends (check label)

soft drinks (not all, but check label)

spices (some add soy-based smoothing & anti-caking agents, such as to garlic powder, ground cinnamon, chili powder)


thickening agents

vegetarian cheeses

white vinegar

yogurt products (some)

Read labels and look

for ingredients made

from soy & corn

A GMO (genetically modified organism) is an organism that has genes from another organism inserted into its DNA. The foreign genes are transferred, commonly from bacteria or fungi to plants or animals, by a laboratory genetic engineering (GE) process that does not happen through natural breeding.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine position paper calls for a moratorium on GM foods and recommends that doctors prescribe a non-GM diet for their patients. “GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health.”


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Ways to Avoid GMOs

(Genetically modified organisms)
Food labeled organic means the farmer did not knowingly use genetically engineered (GE) seed; there is no spot or random testing. A label might say Made with Organic Ingredients in which case 70% of ingredients must be organic, but all must be non-GMO. Unintentional contamination of corn and soy could be significant.
NON-GMO labels are scarce but increasing very rapidly. Some are incomplete or misleading. "GMO-Free" is not reliable. "NON-GMO Project VERIFIED" label checks all ingredients and tests require .9% or less GM ingredients. Non-GMO Project Verified products might not meet organic standards.
Processed foods with lowest risk of insecticides, herbicides and GMOs are 100% organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. PLU label numbers on produce are voluntary: if it is a 4-digit number, it is conventionally grown; if a 5-digit number beginning with an 8, it is GM, and if a 5-digit number beginning with a 9, it is organic, which tends to have on average more nutritional factors and antioxidants.
Meat, dairy, eggs with lowest risk of all forms of contamination are from animals fed 100% organic feed and grass-finished or pasture-finished for meat; grass-fed supplemented with 100% organic feed for dairy cows; free-range or cage-free with 100% organic feed for poultry and swine These animal products have by far the healthiest fats, antioxidants, and other nutritional factors.
Shop locally, cook from scratch, grow food. Support small local farms that offer grains and meat. Use recipes for vegan dishes, such as those made with grains, legumes, seeds, potatoes, winter squash. Food from your garden is not GM unless you buy GM seed or are near a farm or test plot that may spread GM pollen.
Ask when eating out for suggestions of items with no GMOs. They generally don't know, but start a dialog.
Kosher food for Passover does not contain soy or soy additives.

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