Check out this letter sent back to a GalacticConnection reader who asked if their products included GMO? Read on….
Dear Ms. XXX
We would like to assure you that products sold in our stores adhere to strict regulations for all food safety, sourcing and labeling requirements.
We recognize that our customers have diverse needs and preferences and we strive to offer a wide range of choices to meet those needs. This is why we are proud to offer the largest selection of organics in Canada.
Many of our stores offer Natural Value departments dedicated to providing customers with both organic and “naturally” produced products. Each and every organic product adheres to strict Canadian and International organic production standards, which includes a prohibition on using genetically engineered (GE) material. Organic products are also certified by independent third-parties to provide additional assurance that the organic standards are met.
We recognize that the question of labeling of foods that are or that are derived from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is of growing interest to many consumers. In 2004, Health Canada introduced a certification process that allowed for voluntary labeling and advertising of foods that are and are not products of Genetic Engineering. While we allow voluntary GMO labeling and the majority of our fresh products do not contain GMOs, it is very difficult to make absolute claims about individual products that are not certified organic. Therefore we do not make the labeling of such claims mandatory.
Health Canada’s website offers a listing of GMO’s currently grown in Canada, these are primarily canola, corn, soy, and sugar beet. For more information you can visit Health Canada’s website http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/gmf-agm/appro/index-eng.php . Additionally, safety information respecting GMO foods from Health Canada can be found at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/food-aliment/gm-tg-eng.php .
Thank you again for giving us the opportunity to address your concerns. Please continue to let us know how we’re doing as your feedback is one of the best ways for us to improve.
Presidents Choice Customer Service Representative