Consumer advocacy groups say if your baby formula contains, soy, corn or dairy, there is a good chance it also contains genetically modified ingredients.
Unlike 60 other countries, the United States does not require formula or food companies to let you know they are using genetically modified ingredients on the label. A bill to require GMO labeling of foods in Florida was defeated.
One of the country's leading baby formula companies, Similac made by Abbott Laboratories,decided not to eliminate GMOs from baby formuladuring its annual shareholders' meeting.
A spokesperson for Abbott Labs tells 10 News, its Board of Directors does not support the removal of GMO from its infant formula because:
- All of our products are made with ingredients that are safe, effective and approved for use by regulatory bodies around the world, and we ensure that they have undergone extensive scientific evaluation.
- Agencies such as the U.S. FDA, the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have concluded that GMO ingredients are identical in composition, nutritional value and quality as non-biotechnology derived ingredients.
- Countries around the world have different requirements around the use and labeling of GM ingredients. Abbott fully complies with all local, regional and national standards related to the use and labeling of ingredients.
10 News talked to board certified pediatrician, Dr. David Berger, and he said parents should be concerned about GMO ingredients in their baby formula and infant food.
According to Dr. Berger, no long term studies prove GMO's are safe. Breast milk is best for babies but if you need to supplement with formula, Dr. Berger recommends organic formula brands because genetically modified ingredients are banned from organic formula.
The Cornucopia Institute, a farm and food policy research group has launched a social media campaign on facebook, twitter and a petition drive to encourage parents to pressure baby formula companies to remove GMO's.
According to Cornucopia Institute, the vast majority of corn and soy-based ingredients in processed foods in the United States, including infant formula, come from genetically engineered crops developed by Monsanto and other biotechnology companies. Dairy ingredients may come from dairy cows that were treated with genetically engineered bovine growth hormones.
Mark Kastel with CI goes on to say, "Nobody should be eating GMO foods, especially babies. But until infant formula makers stop using GMO ingredients, hundreds of thousands of newborns and infants will be unwitting participants in this huge, uncontrolled experiment with the health of the next generation."
Some of the GMO-free baby formulas include:
- Earth's Best
- Baby's Only
- Plum Organics
- Oh Baby
- Organic Baby
- Little Duck Organics
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