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Training Table: Restaurants and Genetically Engineered Foods

By April 17, 2013December 9th, 2014Daily Posts/Tips

Diners are really at risk when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) foods in many restaurants.  Restaurants are not required to label their food and many chefs may not know whether the ingredients they use are GE or not.

Most major fast food restaurants (McDonald’s and Burger King) have told their European customers they do not use genetically engineered ingredients.  No chain restaurants have made the same claim in the U.S.  However, McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s have requested that their potatoes used for fries not be GE products.

The Wall Street Journal reported in late April 2000 that McDonald’s, Burger King, Frito-Lay, and Procter and Gamble have told their potato suppliers that they do not want GE potatoes.  So far, none of the fast food chains are labeling their potatoes ad GE-free.  McDonald’s veggie burger did test positive for containing genetically engineered ingredients, most likely soy.

McCains, a Canadian company that is the largest supplier of potatoes for french fries to fast food chains, has stated that it would not use GE potatoes.

-from genetically engineered FOOD: S Self-Defense Guide for Consumers by Ronnie Cummins and Ben Lilliston

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