The term ‘Genetically Modified’ or GM includes genetically modified organisms (GMO) and Genetically Modified Foods (GMF)[1]. The latter are foods and ingredients which also include food additives and processing agents that have been produced using gene technology to change the DNA or protein, so that the chemical sequence or structure differs from the original food. The food or ingredient must be then listed as ‘genetically modified’.

Genetic modification, although deemed safe does make some consumers wary and many look to food labelling to ensure that they are ‘as nature intended’.

All Genetically Modified foods and ingredients must undergo a safety assessment and be approved before they can be sold in Australia and New Zealand[2]. Labelling a food as genetically modified is not about compromising its safety, rather it is about helping consumers make informed choices about the foods they buy.

‘GM free’ and ‘non-GM’ claims are made voluntarily by food manufacturers. There are laws in place that prohibit false, misleading or deceptive information about the foods and their genetic makeup.

The main sources of genetically modified foods in Australia[3] are:

  • Imported GM soya – can be found in a wide range of foods including chocolate, potato chips, margarine, mayonnaise, biscuits and bread
  • Cottonseed oil made from GM cotton – used by the food industry in Australia for frying and also an ingredient in mayonnaise and salad dressings
  • Imported GM corn – can be found as an ingredient in imported foods such as breakfast cereals, bread, corn chips, gravy mixes, corn oil, corn flour and corn syrup
  • Imported GM sugar beet – sometimes used to produce sugar.

All our Beta A2 products, are free from genetic modification, the cows and their milk, along with all our additional nourishing ingredients which make up our Family Nutrition formulas …. Simply GM free!!

[1] Food Standards Australia New Zealand, General Information about GM food.

[2] Food Standards Australia New Zealand, Genetically Modified (GM) Food labelling

[3] Better Health, Food – Genetically Modified (GM)

Special Thanks to Dietitian Kate DiPrima for her contributions to this article.

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