From Start to Finish – How We’re Doing on Our Plan to Remove GMOs
In June 2015, Applegate removed GMO ingredients from all of our products.
In 2016, we went a step further: promising to take GMOs out of our entire supply chain, seeking third-party verification for all of our products, and unveiling our first two Non-GMO Project Verified products- Applegate Organics® Chicken Nuggets and Applegate Organics® Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets.
And in 2017, we made progress on our promise by having 21 products verified non-GMO at the end of the year and declaring 2020 as a deadline to have all 140+ products verified by a third-party.
You can find a current list of non-GMO verified products on the Non-GMO Project Verified site here
Many ask why we’ve taken this on as part of our mission: Changing The Meat We Eat®.
Because it’s just the right thing to do for our consumers when there are so many unanswered questions.
Are GMOs Bad? Are GMOs Unsafe? Are GMOs Unhealthy?
We don’t think the answers are as easy as “yes” or “no” - many scientists say GMOs are safe, many disagree. But, almost everyone in the scientific community believes more research is needed.
That’s why Applegate is erring on the side of caution and taking GMOs out of all points of our supply chain – from the feed that goes to the animals to the final ingredients that go into our food. We’ve always been about transparency, traceability and “clean” food. Taking GMOs out of our entire system is a continuation of what we announced back in June 2015.
It hasn’t been easy, especially since a vast majority – more than 90 percent – of the food grown for animals in the United States is GMO, but we’re happy to have an end date on the board, 2020! Please check out our Mission Dashboard
to learn about the other commitments we’re making to continue our mission: Changing The Meat We Eat®.