TRUE FOOD
SHOPPER’S GUIDE

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Know: Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food
by Andrew Kimbrell. Information on GMOs is also available at
www.centerforfoodsafety.org
SPECIAL NOTE: This guide was compiled based on company
statements, not genetic testing. Any product labeled as Non-
GMO indicates that its manufacturing process is designed to
avoid GMOs, but consumers should be aware that GM contamination
is possible due to natural pollen movement, weather
events, seed contamination, or human error. Hence there is
no guarantee such products are 100% free of GMOs.
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CONTENTS
Introduction & Overview 2
Fruits & Vegetables 4
Fish 4
Eggs 4
Meats & Alternative Meat Products 5
Dairy Products 6
Alternative Dairy Products 7
Baby Foods & Infant Formula 8
Baked Goods 8
Cereals & Breakfast Bars 9
Energy Bars 9
Grains, Beans & Pasta 10
Canned Foods 10
Soups & Sauces 11
Frozen Foods 12
Condiments, Oils, Dressings & Spreads 13
Snack Foods 14
Sweeteners 15
Candy, Chocolate Products 16
Sodas, Juices & Other Beverages 17
INTRODUCTION & OVERVIEW
How to avoid brands made with genetically
modified organisms (GMOs)
Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM) of
food involves the laboratory process of artificially inserting
genes into the DNA of food crops or animals. The result is
called a genetically modified organism or GMO. GMOs can be
engineered with genes from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals,
or even humans. Most Americans say they would not eat GMOs
if labeled, but unlike most other industrialized countries, the
U.S. does not require labeling.
This Non-GMO Shopping Guide is designed to help reclaim
your right to know about the foods you are buying, and help
you find and avoid GMO foods and ingredients.
Tips for avoiding GM crops
! TIP #1: BUY ORGANIC
Certified organic products are not allowed to contain any
GMOs. Therefore, when you purchase products labeled “100%
organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic ingredients,” all
ingredients in these products are not allowed to be produced
from GMOs. For example, products labeled as “made with
organic ingredients” only require 70% of the ingredients to
be organic, but 100% must be non-GMO.
! TIP #2: LOOK FOR“NON-GMO” LABELS
Companies may voluntarily label products as “non-GMO.”
Some labels state “non-GMO” while others spell out “Made
Without Genetically Modified Ingredients.” Some products
limit their claim to only one particular “At-Risk” ingredient
such as soy lecithin, listing it as “non-GMO.”
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! TIP #3: AVOID AT-RISK INGREDIENTS
Avoid products made with any of the crops that are GM. Most
GM ingredients are products made from the “Big Four:” corn,
soybeans, canola, and cottonseed, used in processed foods.
Some of the most common genetically engineered Big Four
ingredients in processed foods are:
Corn
” Corn flour, meal, oil, starch, gluten, and syrup
” Sweeteners such as fructose, dextrose, and glucose
” Modified food starch*
Soy
” Soy flour, lecithin, protein, isolate, and isoflavone
” Vegetable oil* and vegetable protein*
Canola Canola oil (also called rapeseed oil)
Cotton Cottonseed oil
*May be derived from other sources
Additionally, GM sugar beet sugar recently entered the food
supply. Look for organic and non-GMO sweeteners, candy and
chocolate products made with 100% cane sugar, evaporated
cane juice, agave, or organic sugar, to avoid GM beet sugar.
! TIP #4: BUY PRODUCTS LISTED IN THIS
SHOPPING GUIDE
Keep this Guide with you whenever you shop. Store it inside
your reusable shopping bag, put it into your coupon holder or
check book, or leave it in your car.
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FRUITS & VEGETABLES
Very few fresh fruits and vegetables for sale in the U.S. are
genetically modified. Novel products such as seedless watermelons
are NOT genetically modified. Small amounts of
zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, and sweet corn may be
GM. The only commercialized GM fruit is papaya from Hawaii—
about half of Hawaii’s papayas are GM.
EGGS
FISH
FDA is currently considering approval of the first GE animal
intended for human consumption, a genetically engineered
Atlantic salmon. This approval is pending despite overwhelming
consumer opposition and unacceptable risks to human
health, the marine environment, wild salmon populations
and fishing economies. There are several other GE fish in the
pipeline as well. To make matters worse, FDA argues that
these GE fish don’t even need to be labeled!
Check out our new campaign website at www.ge-fish.org to
learn more and find out what you can do to help stop GE fish.
Eggs: Non-GMO
Egg Innovations Organic
Eggland’s Best Organic
Land O’Lakes Organic
Nest Fresh Organic
Organic Valley
Pete and Jerry’s Organic Eggs
Wilcox Farms Organic
MEAT & FOWL
No genetically modified fowl or livestock is yet approved for
human consumption. However, plenty of non-organic foods are
produced from animals raised on GM feed such as grains. Look
for 100% grass-fed animals.
ALTERNATIVE MEAT PRODUCTS
Many alternative meat products are processed and include
ingredients that can be genetically engineered, so give the
ingredient lists close attention to avoid the Big Four at-risk
ingredients, especially soy.
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Non-GMO
365 Brand (Whole Foods)
Amy’s
Bountiful Bean
Small Planet Tofu
Sunshine Burger
The Simple Soyman
Vitasoy
Wildwood
White Wave
Woodstock Farms
May contain GMO
ingredients
Boca, unless labeled organic
(Kraft)
Gardenburger
Morningstar Farms, Natural
Touch, Worthington, Loma
Linda unless labeled
organic (Kellogg)
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Certified Organic
Alta Dena Organics
Butterworks Farm
Harmony Hills Dairy
Horizon Organic
Kirkland Organic
Lactaid Organic (Organic only)
Morningland Dairy
Nancy’s Organic Dairy
Natural by Nature
Noris Organic
Oregon Ice Cream Company
(Alden’s, Julie’s)
Organic Valley Dairy
Pacific Village
Radiance Dairy
Rogue Creamery
Safeway Organic Brand
Seven Stars Farm
Straus Family Creamery
Stremick’s Heritage organic
Stonyfield Farm
Trader Joe’s (organic line)
Wallaby
Whole Foods organic line
Wisconsin Organics
Woodstock Farms
Produced Without rBGH
National
Albertson’s
Alta Dena
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
Brown Cow Farm
Crowley Cheese of Vermont
Dannon
Darigold
Double Rainbow ice cream
Franklin County Cheese
Grafton Village Cheese
Great Hill Dairy
Lactaid milk (milk only)
Lifetime Dairy
Lochmead
Market Pantry (Target)
Nancy’s Natural Dairy
Safeway (Dairy Glen and Lucerne)
Trader Joe’s store brand
Walmart Great Value store brand
Whole Foods and 365 brands
Yoplait
West Coast
Alpenrose Dairy
Beecher’s butter
Dairy Products: Non-GMO
DAIRY PRODUCTS &
ALTERNATIVE DAIRY PRODUCTS
Some U.S. dairy farms inject the genetically engineered hormone
rBGH, also called rBST, into their cows to boost milk
production—so be sure to purchase products with a label that
indicates cows free of rBGH or rBST. Many alternative dairy products
are made from soybeans and may contain GM materials.
Alternative Dairy Products
Colombo (General Mills)
Dannon
Kemps (aside from
“Select” brand)
Kraft
Land O’ Lakes
Lucerne
Parmalat
Sorrento
Yoplait (General Mills)
May contain GMO ingredients
Non-GMO
Belsoy
EdenSoy
Imagine Foods/Soy Dream
Nancy’s Cultured Soy
Organic Valley Soy
Pacific Soy
Silk
Soy Delicious
Sun Soy
Stonyfield Farm O’Soy
Tofutti
Trader Joe’s brand
VitaSoy/Nasoya
WestSoy
WholeSoy
Yves The Good Slice
Zen Don
May contain GMO
ingredients
8th Continent
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Berkeley Farms
Bravo Farms cheese
Clover Stornetta Farms
Cowgirl creamery
Eberhard
Fred Meyer /
Mountain Dairy
Joseph Farms Cheese
Mallories
Market of Choice
Oregon Gourmet cheese
Rogue Creamery
Rose Valley butter
Sunshine Dairy Foods
Tillamook Cheese
Trader Joe’s store brand
Umpqua
Western Family
Wilcox Family Farms
Willamette Valley cheese
Yami
Midwest and Gulf States
Chippewa Valley Cheese
Erivan Dairy Yogurt
Promised Land Dairy
Westby Cooperative Creamery
East Coast
Blythedale Farm Cheese
Crescent Creamery
Derle Farms (milk with “no rBST”
label only)
Erivan Dairy Yogurt
Farmland Dairies
Oakhurst Dairy
Trader Joe’s store brand
Wilcox Dairy (rBST-free dairy
line only)
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Non-GMO
Baby’s Only
(certified organic products)
Earth’s Best
Gerber products
HAPPYBABY
Mom Made Meals
Organic Baby
Plum Organics
Tastybaby
May contain GMO
ingredients
Enfamil (Mead Johnson)
Good Start (Gerber/Nestle)
Nestle brands (Gerber/Nestle)
Similac/Isomil – except Similac
Organic (Abbott Labs/Abbott
Nutrition)
BABY FOODS & INFANT FORMULA
Milk or soy protein is the basis of most infant formulas. The
secret ingredients in these products are often soy or milk from
cows injected with rBGH. Many brands also add GMO-derived
corn syrup, corn syrup solids, or soy lecithin.
Non-GMO
Alvarado Street Bakery
Arrowhead Mills (organic line)
Bakery on Main
Berlin Natural Bakery
Bob’s Red Mill (organic line)
Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods
Dr Oetker Organics
Eden
French Meadow
Natural Ovens Bakery
(organic line)
Nature’s Path
Rudi’s Organic Bakery
Rumford Baking Powder
Safeway O brand (organic)
Trader Joe’s brand
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Aunt Jemima
(Quaker Oats/Pepsico)
Betty Crocker (General Mills)
Bisquick (General Mills)
Calumet Baking Powder (Kraft)
Duncan Hines (Pinnacle Foods)
Hungry Jack (Smucker’s)
Pillsbury (Smucker’s)
BAKED GOODS
While baking ingredients such as wheat flour, rice, kamut, and
oats are not genetically modified, many packaged breads and
bakery items contain other GMO ingredients such as corn syrup.
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Non-GMO:
Ambrosial Granola
Barbara’s (organic line)
Cascadian Farms
Eden
EnviroKidz
Golden Temple
Grandy Oats
Health Valley (organic line)
Lundberg® Purely Organic
Rice Cereal
Nature’s Path
Nonuttin’
Omega Smart Bars
Peace Cereal Organic
Ruth’s
Safeway O brand (organic)
Simple Sweets
Sunridge Farms
Trader Joe’s brand
Whole Foods 365
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
General Mills
Kellogg
Post (Kraft)
Quaker
CEREALS & BREAKFAST BARS
Cereals and breakfast bars are very likely to include GMO ingredients,
because they are often made with corn and soy products.
ENERGY BARS
Non-GMO
Clif Bar
Divine Foods
Genisoy Bars
GoodOnYa Bar
Lara Bar
Luna Bar
Macrobars
MacroLife Naturals
Mojo (Clif Bar)
Nature’s Path
Nutiva
Odwalla
Organic Food Bar
Optimum Energy Bar
Organic Food Bar
Ruth’s
Weil by Nature’s Path Organic
Z Bars (Clif Bar)
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Balance Bar
Nature Valley snack bars and
granola bars (General Mills)
Nabisco Bars (Kraft)
PowerBar (Nestle)
Quaker Granola Bars
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Non-GMO
Amy’s
Annie’s
Bob’s Red Mill, organic line
Casbah (Hain-Celestial)
Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods
Eden certified organic grains
Fantastic Foods
Field Day
Ian’s Natural Foods
Kamut
Lotus Foods
Lundberg Family Farms
Organic Planet
Rising Moon
Seeds of Change (organic meals)
Sensations
Sunridge Farms
Trader Joe’s store brand
Vita-Spelt pasta
Whole Foods 365
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Betty Crocker meals (General Mills)
Knorr (Unilever)
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese meals
Near East (Quaker Oats
Company / Pepsico)
Pasta Roni and Rice-A-Roni meals
(Quaker Oats Company/Pepsico)
GRAINS, BEANS & PASTA
Other than corn, no GM grains are sold on the market. Look for
100-percent wheat pasta, couscous, rice, quinoa, oats, barley,
sorghum, and dried beans (except soybeans).
Non-GMO
Amy’s
Annie’s
Eden
ShariAnn’s certified organic beans
Trader Joe’s store brands
Westbrae certified organic beans
Whole Foods 365
Woodstock Farms
Yves Veggie Cuisine (Hain Celestial)
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Chef Boyardee
Dinty Moore, Stagg, Hormel
Franco-American (Campbell’s)
CANNED FOODS
Look for less processed canned foods and foods packed only
in water or olive oil (not corn, soybean, canola or cottonseed),
and avoid canned foods containing corn syrup, sugar
not labeled as “cane sugar” and soy ingredients which could
be derived from GM crops.
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Non-GMO
Amy’s
Annie’s
Eden
Emerald Valley Kitchen
Fantastic Foods
Field Day
Green Mountain Gringo
Hain
Health Valley/Westbrae
Imagine Natural
Muir Glen Organic
Rising Moon
ShariAnn’s Organics
Seeds of Change
Trader Joe’s store brands
(Trader Joe’s, Trader Jose’s,
Trader Giotto’s)
Walnut Acres
Whole Foods 365
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Bertolli (Unilever)
Campbell products (including
Healthy Request, Chunky,
Simply Home, and
Pepperidge Farm)
Chef Boyardee (Con Agra)
Chi-Chi’s (Hormel)
Classico (Heinz)
Del Monte
Healthy Choice (ConAgra)
Hormel products
Hunt’s (ConAgra)
Old El Paso (General Mills)
Pace (Campbell ‘s)
Prego ( Campbell’s )
Progresso products
(General Mills)
Ragu (Unilever)
SOUPS & SAUCES
Many soups and sauces are highly processed, so give the
ingredient lists close attention to avoid the Big Four at-risk
ingredients. Canned foods can be simply vegetables or fruits
packed in water, but many canned foods also contain corn
syrup or sugar which could be derived from GM crops. Look for
less processed canned foods and foods packed only in water
or olive oil (not corn, soybean, canola or cottonseed), and
avoid canned foods containing corn syrup, sugar not labeled
as “cane sugar” and soy ingredients.
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Frozen Food
Non-GMO
A.C. LaRocco
Amy’s Kitchen
Cascadian Farms Organic frozen
meals and vegetables
Cedarlane
Helen’s Kitchen
Ian’s Natural Foods
Linda McCartney frozen meals
Mom Made Meals
Morningstar Farms
(Organic line ONLY)
Rising Moon
The Simple Soyman
Trader Joe’s store brands
Woodstock Farms
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Banquet (ConAgra)
Bertolli (Unilever)
Boca, unless labeled organic
(Kraft)
Celeste (Pinnacle Foods)
Eggo Waffles (Kellogg)
Gardenburger
Green Giant frozen meals
(General Mills)
Healthy Choice (ConAgra)
Kid’s Cuisine (ConAgra)
Lean Cuisine (Nestle)
Marie Callender’s (ConAgra)
Morningstar Farms, Morningstar
Farms Natural Touch, unless
labeled organic (Kellogg)
Rosetto Frozen Pasta (Nestle)
Stouffer’s (Nestle)
Swanson (Campbell’s)
Tombstone (Kraft)
Totino’s (Smucker’s)
Voila! (Birds Eye/Unilever)
FROZEN FOODS
Many frozen foods are highly processed. Keep an eye out for the
Big Four at-risk ingredients and stay away from frozen foods
that contain them, unless they are marked organic or non-GM.
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Non-GMO
Annie’s
Bountiful Bean
Bragg’s liquid amino
Carrington Farms Flax Seed
Crofter’s Organic
Drew’s salad dressing
Eden
Emerald Cove
Emperor’s Kitchen
Emerald Valley Kitchen
Field Day
Follow Your Heart
Harvest Moon Mushrooms
I.M. Health SoyNut Butters
Ian’s Natural Foods
Krazy Ketchup
Maranatha Nut Butters
Miso Master
Muir Glen organic
tomato ketchup
Nasoya
Newmans Own Organic
Ruth’s
The Simple Soyman
Spectrum oils and dressings
SushiSonic Asian Condiments
Trader Joe’s store brands
Tropical Traditions
Vegan by Nature Buttery Spreads
Vigoa Cuisine
Whole Foods 365
Wholemato
Woodstock Farms
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Crisco (Smucker’s)
Del Monte
Heinz
Hellman’s (Unilever)
Kraft condiments and dressings
Mazola
Pam (ConAgra)
Peter Pan (ConAgra)
Skippy (Unilever)
Smucker’s (except their “Simply
100% Fruit” line of preserves)
Wesson (ConAgra)
Wish-Bone (Unilever)
CONDIMENTS, OILS, DRESSINGS
& SPREADS
Unless labeled explicitly, corn, soybean, cottonseed, and
canola oils probably contain genetically modified products.
Choose pure olive, coconut, sesame, sunflower, safflower,
almond, grapeseed, and peanut oils. Also choose preserves,
jams, and jellies with cane sugar, not corn syrup.
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Non-GMO
Barbara’s (organic line)
Bearitos/Little Bear Organics
(Hain Celestial)
Earthly Treats
Eco-Planet
Eden
Field Day
FritoLay Lay’s Naturals
potato chips (“Naturals”
potato chips ONLY)
Garden of Eatin’
Grandy Oats
Hain Pure Snax/Hain Pure Foods
Health Valley
Ian’s Natural Foods
Kettle Foods
Kopali Organics
Late July Organic Snacks
Mary’s Gone Crackers
Namaste Foods
Nature’s Path Organic
Newman’s Own Organics
& Newman’s Own
(except salad dressing)
Peeled Snacks
Plum Organics Tots
Revolution Foods
Tasty Brand
Ruth’s
Simple Sweets
Sunridge Farms
Safeway O organic brand
Trader Joe’s store brand
Woodstock Farms, organic
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
FritoLay (Lay’s, Ruffles, Doritos,
Cheetos, Tostitos)
Hostess Products
(Interstate Brands)
Keebler (Kellogg’s)
Kraft (Nabisco, Nilla Wafers,
Oreos, Ritz, Nutter Butter,
Honey Maid, SnackWells,
Teddy Grahams, Wheat
Thins, Triscuit)
Pepperidge Farm (Campbell’s)
Pringles
Quaker Oats Company
SNACK FOODS
Look for snacks made from wheat, rice, or oats, and ones that
use sunflower or safflower oils. There is no GM popcorn on the
market, nor is there blue or white GM corn.
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Sweetners
Non-GMO
Sweeteners, Non-GMO:
C&H Pure Cane Sugar
Brer Rabbit molasses
Eden
Florida Crystals (organic,
natural and demerara)
Grandma’s Best Molasses
Sweet Cloud
Tropical Traditions
Trader Joe’s brand
(Pure cane sugar, raw sugar,
brown sugar, organic sugars)
Wholesome Sweetners (organic
sugars, molasses, blue agave
syrups, Organic Zero)
Woodstock Farms (organic)
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Crystal Sugar
(American Crystal)
Big Chief sugar
(Michigan Sugar Company)
Equal
GW sugar (Western Sugar)
Nutrasweet
Pioneer sugar
(Michigan Sugar Company)
White Satin sugar (Snake
River/Amalgamated Sugar)
SWEETENERS
Many sweeteners, and products like candy and chocolate that
contain them, can come from GMO sources. Look for organic
and non-GMO sweeteners, candy and chocolate products
made with 100% cane sugar, evaporated cane juice or organic
sugar to avoid GM beet sugar, and watch out for soy lecithin in
chocolates and corn syrup in candies.
The sweetener aspartame is derived from GM microorganisms.
It is also referred to as NutraSweet® and Equal® and is found
in over 6,000 products, including soft drinks, gum, candy,
desserts, yogurt, tabletop sweeteners, and some pharmaceuticals
such as vitamins and sugar-free cough drops.
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Chocolate
Non-GMO
Chocolove
Endangered Species Chocolate
Ghirardelli Chocolate
Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate
Kopali Organics
Lindt Chocolate
Newman’s Own
Nonuttin’
Woodstock Farms (organic)
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Hershey’s
Mars, Inc.
Nestlé
(Crunch, Kit Kat, Smarties)
Toblerone (Kraft)
Candy
Non-GMO
Jelly Belly
Pure Fun Confections
Reed’s Crystallized Ginger
candy (certified organic)
St. Claire Organic
Sunridge Farms
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Hershey’s
Lifesaver (Kraft)
Mars (Wrigley’s, Skittles,
Starburst)
Nestlé
CANDY & CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS
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Non-GMO
After the Fall organic juices
Big Island Organics
Blue Sky
Cascadian Farm
Crofters Organic
Eden
Odwalla
Quinoa Gold
R.W. Knudsen organic juices
and spritzers (Smucker’s)
Santa Cruz Organic (Smucker’s)
Sea20 Organic Energy Drink
Teeccino Herbal Caffe
Walnut Acres Organic Juices
May Contain GMO
Ingredients
Coca-Cola (Fruitopia, Minute
Maid, Hi-C, NESTEA)
Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
(Dr. Pepper, 7Up, A&W,
Snapple, Hawaiian Punch,
Sunkist, Crush, Canada Dry,
Mott’s juice, Squirt, Sun Drop,
Schweppes ginger ale,
Vernors, Country Time,
Clamato, IBC root beer,
Nantucket Nectors, Stewart’s,
Orangina, Diet Rite,
Hires root beer)
Hansen Beverage Company
Hawaiian Punch
(Procter and Gamble)
Kraft (Country Time, Kool-Aid,
Crystal Light, Capri Sun, Tang)
Libby’s (Nestlé)
Ocean Spray
Pepsi (Tropicana, Frappuccino,
Gatorade, SoBe, Dole)
Sunny Delight (Procter and
Gamble)
Swiss Miss (Con Agra)
SODAS, JUICES
& OTHER BEVERAGES
Most juices are made from GMO-free fruit (avoid papaya
though, as it could be GMO), but the prevalence of corn-based
sweeteners—e.g. high-fructose corn syrup—in fruit juices is
cause for concern. Many sodas are primarily comprised of
water and corn syrup. Look for 100-percent juice blends.
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