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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.

Does Nestlé support GMO labelling or disclosure regulations?

Yes, 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 on the labeling of ingredients derived from genetically modified (GM) crops.


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