What does Nestlé USA think about GMO Ingredients?
At Nestlé USA, we hear you. We know you want to know more about what is in your food, how it is made, and where it comes from. We are part of a global company that has spent 150 years putting thought and care into offering a wide range of delicious and nutritious food and beverage options made from high quality and safe ingredients. And, we are always doing more so that we can continue to meet your preferences as they evolve. In addition to offering more choices, we remain committed to transparency, so that you can easily make informed purchasing decisions based on what matters most to you and your family.
When it comes to genetically engineered ingredients, commonly referred to as “GMO ingredients,” “GMOs,” or “Bioengineered (BE) ingredients,” we know that you may have questions. That’s why we are working to make GMO ingredients easier to understand and identifiable in our products.
GMO ingredients in food production
GMO crops have been used by farmers in the U.S. and around the world for more than 20 years. We believe that GMO crops have an important role to play in increasing food production, to support sustainable agriculture and to help feed a growing world population. Genetic engineering can help make crops more resistant to insects and diseases, enabling farmers to grow more food.
Corn, soybeans, canola, and sugar beets are the most widely grown GMO crops for the U.S. food supply. Other GMO crops include alfalfa, squash, cotton, potatoes, and papaya.
Our Commitment to Food Safety
Foods made with ingredients derived from GMO crops are as safe as foods made with ingredients from conventional crops. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) works closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure the safety of GMO crops. You can find more information on what GMO ingredients are, their safety record, and how they're tested on the FDA, EPA, and USDA websites.
GMO Labeling at a Glance
Beginning January 1, 2022, people may start to see this additional information – “Bioengineered food” or “Contains bioengineered food ingredients” – on-pack via text, a symbol, an electronic or digital link or a phone number that consumers can text on the labels of some food and beverage products.
This is happening because of a law passed in the U.S. in 2016, which Nestlè supported. That law led to new U.S. regulations requiring food and beverage makers to disclose ingredients containing detectable BE materials by the 2022 date.
This regulation also allows for a voluntary disclosure – “Derived from bioengineering” or “Ingredients derived from a bioengineered source” – on products made with an ingredient from a BE crop but where there is no detectable BE material. For example, the presence of sugar from BE sugar beets or processed corn oil from BE corn in products may be disclosed voluntarily. Because we’re serious about transparency, we are committed to voluntarily disclosing that information on the labels of our relevant Nestlè food and beverage products.
Find out more about this new regulation on the USDA website for BE Disclosure.
We work with third party verifiers to ensure our supply chain and manufacturing processes are consistent with the “No GMO ingredients” claim for products that bear this claim. We take this extra step to provide our consumers with additional confidence. Third-party verifiers we work with include the Non-GMO Project and SGS.
Driving greater transparency
In addition to updating our labels to make it easier to identify ingredients from GMO crops in our products, you can reach Consumer Engagement Services – open 24/7 – at 1-800-225-2270 or online.