Editor’s Note: A fellow Right to Know CT member contacted Trader Joe’s corporate headquarters and secured this email stating their stance on GMOs in their private label products and protocol for ensuring the veracity of their non-GMO claims.
Dear Ms. Smith(name changed to protect the sender),
Thank you for your email. Trader Joe’s does not allow the use of genetically modified ingredients for any of Trader Joe’s private label products. We ensure this standard for our brand through non-GMO certification. You can review our statement by clicking on the link
When developing products containing ingredients likely to come from genetically modified sources, we have the supplier of the product in question 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 perform random audits of items with suspect ingredients, using an outside, third-party lab to perform the testing. Given our position on GMO ingredients in our Trader Joe’s label products and the work done in support of that position, it is our expectation that our products test as non-GMO.
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, we took a more holistic approach and made the no GMO ingredients position part of what the Trader Joe’s label encompasses.
Ms. Jones (name changed)