Dear Brian from Trader Joes, thank you!

11 Feb

GMOs Traders Joes

Thank you for being one of the most knowledgeable and helpful Trader Joe’s crew members that I have had the pleasure meeting!  Not only were you able to answer my meticulous questions about food labeling, but you even took the time to let me try any product that found my fancy!  As we enjoyed our vegan and gluten-free tasty treat, you explained to me the stance that Trader Joe’s has on genetically modified organisms.  I became aware that every product that belongs to the Trader Joe’s company, has been verified and tested to not contain any GMO ingredients. Brian, you even understood why I was concerned about the whole situation and went on to explain the intentions behind certain companies who have created these added ingredients.  And you weren’t the only informed employee but each crew member I chatted with was able to explain food labeling questions I had.  After my experience at Whole Foods, where I found that most employees didn’t even know what the term GMO meant, I was excited to experience Trader Joe’s!

Here is a few words from the Trader Joe’s website to further explain their position:

“Our efforts began in 2001, when we determined that, given a choice, our customers would prefer to eat foods and beverages made without the use of genetically engineered ingredients.

When developing products containing ingredients likely to come from genetically modified sources, we have the supplier of the product perform the necessary research to provide documentation that the suspect ingredients are from non-GMO sources.  This documentation is in the form of affidavits, identity-preserved certification of seed stock, and third-party lab results from testing of the ingredients in question.

In addition to this work done in developing a given item, we conduct random audits of items with potentially suspect ingredients, using an outside, third-party lab to perform the testing.

We have yet to take the approach of labeling products as non-GMO because there are no clear guidelines from the US governmental agencies covering food and beverage labeling.  Instead of waiting for such guidelines to be put into effect and based upon customer feedback, we took a more holistic approach and made the no GMO ingredients position part of what the Trader Joe’s label encompasses.”

Updated December 12, 2012

I encourage everyone who has a Trader Joe’s near them, to support this company and their private label products because they have taken the time to care about you!

**Trader Joe’s is not verified through the NON-GMO Project Verification and has been asked by advocates to prove that their claims are true.  Here is a link to show what other people think on the issue, enjoy!



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