Our Policy Regarding Bioengineered Foods (GMOs)

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Health

Dear Friends and Valued Customers:

At Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, Inc. we are proud our brand is associated with quality, integrity, and wholesome goodness.  We know that bioengineered foods are a concern to our customers looking for healthy products, and we share that concern.   Part of our mission to provide the world with healthy whole grain foods includes taking action to keep bioengineered ingredients out of our products.

Producing a healthy product free from bioengineering begins at the ingredient source.  We make specific and detailed inquiries to all of our commodity suppliers regarding their seed source and growing practices. Since as early as 1999, we have required suppliers of food sources known to be at high risk for bioengineering to provide us with documentation certifying they plant only non-bioengineered identity preserved seed.  We now require all of our suppliers to certify their products are produced without bioengineering. We pride ourselves on building relationships with our suppliers and we hold them to high standards.

Our Policy Regarding GMOs | Bob's Red Mill

Over the past two years we have installed an extensive in-house laboratory that allows us to independently test for the presence of bioengineered materials.  Our trained technicians use state-of-the-art PCR technology and German engineered protocols to routinely test every shipment of product known to be at high risk for bioengineering.  Thereafter, we randomly double check our results with additional testing to ensure the accuracy of our protocols.  We pledge our continued commitment to stay at the forefront of the food manufacturing industry to avoid the presence of bioengineered materials.

As part of our continuing efforts to provide wholesome whole grain food, we are proud to announce Bob’s Red Mill’s enrollment in The Non-GMO Project The Non-GMO Project is currently North America’s only independent third-party verification program for products made according to rigorous best practices for the avoidance of genetically modified organisms.  As we work closely with The Non-GMO Project we will obtain Non-GMO Project verification for our products.  We will also use the Non-GMO Project verification mark to inform the public of our products that have attained Non-GMO verified status.

Our participation in the Non-GMO Project is one more way to show our customers around the world that Bob’s Red Mill provides them with pure, wholesome, and healthy products.

Thank you for your ongoing support and continued business.

To Your Good Health,

Bob Moore

President, CEO and Founder

January 2015 Update: 

For a complete listing of products that have been verified by The Non-GMO Project, please visit this site: http://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/search-participating-products/search/?brandId=3657

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96 Responses to “Our Policy Regarding Bioengineered Foods (GMOs)”

  1. My wife and I use your products daily and love the quality. We are equally appreciative of your support of non-GMO foods. We will be lifelong customers!

  2. Thank you so much for supporting use of non-GMO foods. I recently started using many of your products because of this and will continue to do so.

  3. Your all Gluten Free all purpose baking flour is fabulous for my vegan cookies. And last nite making GF Vegan Mushroom Gravy, it thickened right up with this flour. I am pleased with your commitment to Non-genetically modified foods. How about more Organic Products. ??

  4. I love the Apple Blueberry Granola but did not find it on the project certified non gmo list. Will you please reply to me the status of this product regarding my concerns.

    Thanks for all you do to make healthy products.

    • Joyce,

      Our goal is to have all of our products verified by the Non GMO Project. At this time, that product is not at a high risk for containing GMOs, so it’s relatively low on the priority list. Like all of our products, it has been produced using only identity preserved ingredients.

  5. Please don’t stop researching and verifying your products! My family loves your organic and gluten free products and we detest GMOs. Keep up the great work – we will always be customers!

  6. I did not see our gluten free polenta on the list of non gmo, would you please let me know if it is non gmo? I am feeding it to my 1 year old and want to make sure. Thank you.

    • Hi Missy,

      Because corn is a high-risk product, it’s taking longer to get verified than some other products. We hope to have it verified by the end of the year. At this time, please rest assured that we only source non-GMO corn.

  7. Marcy Winograd

    I am a daily customer of yours, eating the rolled Oats cereal, as well as the Muesli. I strongly recommend that you revise your packaging so that it reads in red letters, “Non-GMO” underneath “Bob’s Red Mill.” I had to do an Internet search to see if your cereal was non-GMO. It should be clear on the package. Thank you for your excellent products!

    • Marcy,

      Thank you so much. Yes, we will be adding that to our packaging as soon as it becomes non-GMO verified by the Non-GMO Project. Additionally, package changes can take about 6 months here, so it might not appear on our package until next year. We are so appreciative of your support and advocacy for non-GMO foods.

  8. I noticed that King Arthur Flour has the tiniest “non-GMO” on the bottom of one side of their flour bag. Problem is that it probably is non-GMO, but I know that wheat flour and oats are sprayed multiple times with glyphosate (Round-Up) to kill the plant before harvesting. This process speeds up the extraction of the wheat berries, and ditto with oats. In my opinion, this is underhanded mislabeling. I hope Bob’s Red Mill will always be honest with their customers, and eventually have all of their products labeled non-gmo and organic. Any product produced from seeds can claim to be non-gmo, but since conventionally grown vegetables and grains are sprayed with pesticides, they also need to stop this practice and only sell organic.

    • Oscar,

      We are members of The Non-GMO Project and we are in the process of labeling our products with the Non-GMO Project labels. It takes a long time have products verified and to work through our packaging materials.

  9. I am happy to hear that most of the grains are going to be kept GMO free, May I ask about the use of Glyphosate, also known as RoundUP by the growers to desiccate their product pre-harvest. Glyphosate is technically not a Genetically Modified Organism, but is a herbicide chemical that many GMO’s are engineered to withstand during growth. Glyphosate as I understand however is more commonly used as a pre-harvest desiccant, leaving a lot of this chemical on the food.

    This will influence whether I can continue to buy Bob’s Red Mills or not. Please let me know if I can continue supporting you guys!

  10. Your gluten free mixes are my daily bread, so I look to your company to ensure that you do source non-GMO grains. I applaud you, and your company Bob for taking this step to help your customer families and farmers, by making ethical choices. Enrolling with the Non-GMO Project will be well worth your efforts, and we can’t thank you enough. Love your company!! It has heart! Blessings and light.

  11. Just wondering what your policy is towards global warming and man’s role in it because of development and agricultural impacts?How do you base your decisions about it?

  12. Patrick McDermott

    Hi, please also label your all natural cornstarch as non-GMo. I was wondering if it is and reading reviews on other websites I know others are also curious and just trusting that it is non-GMO since it’s your product. Thanks. Love all your products.

  13. Hi, I ordered 4 bags of Bob’s Red Mill organic soybeans from an online store. What arrived was 4 bags of soybeans, but they were not labeled organic. Unfortunately we were still using up what we had here, so it took us two weeks to open the box to get a new bag out. We were pretty bummed since we only use organic soybeans. Can you at least let me know if the soybeans are non-GMO? You say in repeated responses that all your products are non-GMO, but I’d like to verify that. We’re just going to use the soybeans up since it was our fault for not checking the package as soon as it arrived. Thanks.

    • At this time, our soy beans are not verified by the non-GMO project, so the post above still applies. I’m sorry that you received the wrong product. I’d recommend trying to return them to the site you ordered them from.

  14. Okay . . . so I’ll assume by that answer, that although Bob’s Red Mill soybeans are not yet verified by the Non-GMO Project they are still non-GMO by Bob’s Red Mill standards. That was what I wanted to know.

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