Around the country, food companies are being sued around in class action lawsuits as consumers are getting fed up with misleading advertising and health claims. One of the touchiest areas is genetically modified ingredients that find their way into most of our food supply.
Such is the case with Sunchips and Tostitos, snacks manufactured by PepsiCo subsidiary Frito Lay. A lawsuit was filed 2 years ago alleging that despite Frito Lay’s claim – “Made with All Natural Ingredients” – the company is using genetically modified corn in its products. Here is the ingredient list for Sun Chips:
Whole Corn, Sunflower Oil, Whole Wheat, Rice Flour, Whole Oat Flour, Sugar and Salt.
As you can see, corn is the first ingredient. Most of the corn grown in the US today is genetically modified, and Frito Lay does not use a GMO-free variety.
So can a snack made from GMO ingredients be considered Natural?
PepsiCo asked the judge to defer to the FDA. But the FDA is not willing to take a stand on the matter. In the past, it issued a very vague definition of the term Natural and did not relate to GMOS. The the judge realized that the FDA could take years to decide on the matter. So, PepsiCo’s request to dismiss the case has been denied. There is still a long way to go until the case is decided, but this is another small victory for proper labeling of food products in the US.
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