What Does Non-GMO Mean and Why Does it Matter for Organic Food Companies?
In the last several years, consumers and food companies have become increasingly concerned about the use of certain practices in the growing and processing of ingredients. One of the distinctions that many consumers are looking for is the non-GMO verified seal, meaning that no genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a part of the growing or processing of a certain product or ingredient.
Genetic modification of food plants is performed by scientist who remove genes from one organism and place them into the DNA of the plant they hope to alter. This sort of genetic modification is potentially harmful because of the gaps in our understanding of how the gene sequences actually work, which can lead to unintended consequences (see non-gmoreport.com for more detailed information).
Recent estimates indicate that more than 70% of processed foods in retail stores and restaurants contain ingredients that have undergone some form of genetic modification. The yet-unknown impact of many GMOs has driven the growth in the organic food product market in recent years … and that growth is expected to continue.
By using non-GMO verified ingredients, you can be confident that you are delivering the healthiest possible products to your customers. That’s why Silva now offers 94 different ingredients that have been verified under the Non-GMO Project, which is North America’s only independent verification body that uses third-party inspectors.
Silva is committed to producing the highest quality dehydrated food ingredients for use in your products. Our non-GMO verified products are just one more example of how that commitment provides you and your customers with confidence in the production process.