This is part 3 of WholeSoy & Co’s series on Non-GMO’s.
WholeSoy & Co. decided years ago to take action. We have always used organic, non-GMO soybeans and ingredients in our products, but we wanted to provide our customers with some form of third-party guarantee. In 2005, we contacted Genetic ID, the laboratory that tests for GMO contamination in food destined for Europe, where the standard is strictly regulated at less than 1%. With their aid, we were able to source organic non-GMO verified cornstarch from Europe, one of the few locations in the world without GM corn. This is great news for our customers who can be assured the corn is non-GMO, but sad news about the contamination of GMOs in the U.S. food supply.
This experience, along with help from FoodChain Global Advisors, evolved into the actual verification of the WholeSoy yogurts. The people we worked with in 2005 became part of the attempt to establish a non-GMO standard that could be trusted. Awareness was really brought to the project when UNFI, the largest natural food distributor in the U.S., and Whole Foods, the largest natural food retailer in the U.S., banded together to support the establishment of the Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification Program.
WholeSoy & Co is proud to be the first soy yogurt to be verified through the program. Today, we are joined by many other food manufacturers who have completed the rigorous verification process. Those companies that are Verified Non-GMO can display the Non-GMO Project Verification Seal on their packaging – we began putting the Seal on our 6 oz. lids in April 2010 and you will see our 24 oz. lids sporting the Seal soon.
Written By: Yesica Arredondo, Communications Manager for WholeSoy & Co.
WholeSoy & Co. is an independent, family owned and operated company with a passion for a healthy planet and organic soyfoods free of genetic modification. WholeSoy & Co. makes delicious soy yogurt made from U.S. grown organic soybeans and was the first soy yogurt on the market to be verified non-GMO!
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