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What is Nestlé’s position on genetically modified organisms?

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What does GMO mean?

Genetically modified organism (GMO). In food production, scientists select GMOs with desirable traits – for example, they might be more resistant to insects, weeds and diseases – and place them in plants to improve crop yields. Widely grown GM crops include corn, soybeans, canola and sugar beets.

Are GMO crops and ingredients safe?

Regulatory agencies around the world including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have concluded that authorized GM crops and food ingredients derived from them are safe for human consumption.

At Nestlé, consumer safety is our priority, and we support use of innovative technologies provided they are safe for animal and human health.

Do you use GM ingredients in Nestlé 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, based on consumer expectations and local regulations.

We believe ‘GMO ingredients’ have a potentially important role to play in increasing food production, to support sustainable agriculture and help feed a growing world population.

Does Nestlé produce GM crops?

No, Nestlé does not grow GM crops.

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

Absolutely. We fully support people’s right to know what is in their food. We are committed to providing information about use of ingredients derived from GMOs in Nestlé products worldwide.

Are you in favor of GMO labeling or disclosure regulations?

Nestlé fully supports the disclosure of ingredients derived from GMOs to promote transparency in packaged foods. We also support the disclosure of the presence of GMOs or GMO-derived ingredients in non-packaged and restaurant foods. Depending on local regulations and cultural differences, disclosure can be in the form of information on a company or industry website, or on-pack. In the U.S., which is by far our biggest market, we have chosen to use SmartLabel® as one way to disclose the use of GMO ingredients in relevant food and beverage products. SmartLabel® is a digital tool used by a growing number of companies to provide U.S. consumers easy and immediate access to detailed product information to further help them make informed purchasing decisions. In the U.S., a national standard requiring disclosure of bioengineered food and bioengineered food ingredients will take effect on January 1, 2022.

Do you use 'non-GMO' claims on the labels of Nestlé products that do not contain GM-derived ingredients?

Yes, we do based on regulations, certification bodies and an internal guideline we developed for countries where regulations or certification bodies are missing. When our internal guideline is used, markets must make it publicly available so that consumers have a clear definition of what non-GMO means.