What is Nestlé’s position on genetically modified ingredients?

What is GM?

Farmers have used techniques like selective breeding, cross-pollination or hybridisation for years to improve their crops. Ingredients derived from GMOs (genetically modified organisms) differ because the process involves scientists selecting a desirable genetic trait and placing it in a different plant species.

Widely grown GM (genetically modified) crops include corn, soybeans, canola and sugar beets.

Are ingredients derived from GMOs safe?

GMO crops that have passed strict regulatory and safety approvals are as safe as conventional crops. ‘GMO ingredients’ have a potentially important role to play in increasing food production, to support sustainable agriculture and help feed a growing world population.

Do you use GM ingredients in your products?

Sometimes, yes. We support the responsible use of any innovative, safe technology. We decide whether to use ingredients derived from GMOs at a local level, in response to consumer concerns.

Does Nestlé produce GM crops?

No, Nestlé does not grow GM crops.

Do you support consumers’ rights to know what is in their food?

Yes, we fully support people’s right to know what’s in their food, and we’re committed to providing information about use of ingredients derived from GMOs in Nestlé products worldwide.

Is Nestlé in favour of GMO labelling or disclosure regulations?

We fully support disclosure of ingredients derived from GMOs in Nestlé products to help people make informed choices on the foods they buy. We strictly adhere to all national laws and regulations concerning the labelling of ingredients derived from genetically modified (GM) crops.


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