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Warning: Santa Cruz Organic Supports GMOs




The following email was received by one of our members after inquiring about their stance on GMOs.  Santa Cruz Organic is owned by Smuckers, a food processor that primarily profits from unlabeled genetically engineered foods, as documented in this video by Organic Spies. For a list of all of Santa Cruz Organic products, please click here. 

July 14, 2011

Dear Mr. Jones,

Thank you for contacting Santa Cruz Organic. Our products are manufactured using strict quality control procedures that meet or exceed all applicable government and industry standards.

In recent years, agricultural science has developed and grown crops using modern biotechnology techniques in an effort to produce a higher quality, more economical and dependable food supply. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have determined that existing "biotech" foods are safe and do not differ in any meaningful way from other food.

Due to the expanding use of biotechnology by farmers and the commingling of ingredients in storage and shipment, it is possible that some of our products may contain ingredients derived from biotechnology. We believe that safety is an important issue. We support continued evaluation of the best methods to assure safety and we encourage discussion by all interested parties with respect to developing appropriate means to assess its risks and benefits. We also support a more rigorous and transparent regulatory process. Internally, we utilize a cross-functional team to monitor and evaluate developments in biotechnology and advise senior management of the impact to Santa Cruz Organic.

You can be assured that we will continue to manufacture the safe and high quality products you have come to expect. If you should have further questions or need additional information, please visit us at www.scojuice.com or contact us at 888-569-6994, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.



Sincerely,

Susan
Consumer Relations Representative

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