Applegate Naturals is the non organic line by Applegate, and some products in the line currently contain some GMO ingredients. The company alerted us today that 10 of their Naturals line products – 8% of total products – contain GMO ingredients. We applaud their bold efforts toward full disclosure and their willingness to make their Naturals line 100% non GMO like their Organics line already is. Learn which Applegate Naturals products are currently made with GMO ingredients and what Applegate is doing to transition away from GMOs completely.
If you buy Applegate Organics, you are purchasing products which are 100% non GMO. We featured this Organic line of products in our non GMO shopping guide last month along with products from several other companies. Applegate Naturals is their non organic line. It is currently produced with a different standard and does contain some products with GMO ingredients added to them.
Neil Leinwand, Vice President of Marketing for Applegate says Applegate has made significant contributions in support of California’s Proposition 37 and the Just Label It campaign because they support the non GMO movement and GMO food labeling initiative.
Leinwand tells us, “In regard to our Applegate Natural products, we’ve recently brought in third-party experts to review each ingredient and evaluate it for GMO risk. We hired experts because there are some ingredients, like honey, where the risk for GMOs is not immediately obvious. Our investigation found that nearly all of our natural products are non GMO.”
There are 10 products in the Applegate Naturals line that currently contain GM ingredients. Applegate already has a plan in place to remove them. Leinwand tells us that they will keep consumers updated throughout the removal process.
Leinwand explains why their products containing GMO ingredients aren’t currently labeled.
He says, “In an ideal world, we would put this information on our packaging, but at the present time, USDA regulations will not allow companies to voluntarily label products that contain genetically modified ingredients. We tried and were denied. This is NOT the case with products, like cereal, that are regulated by the FDA and CAN be voluntarily labeled.”
Applegate Naturals Products that Contain GMOs:
- Natural Chicken Nuggets
- Natural Chicken Patty
- Natural Family Sized Chicken Nuggets
- Natural Gluten Free Family Size Chicken Nuggets
- Natural Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets
- Natural Gluten Free Chicken Tenders
- Natural Homestyle Chicken Tenders
- Natural Chicken and Maple Breakfast Sausage
- Natural Gluten Free Beef Corn Dogs
- Natural Chicken Pot Pie
We will keep readers informed of changes and update this listing when Applegate contacts us about their progress in removing GM ingredients from these nine remaining products. Thank you Applegate for providing disclosure to your customers on your GMO containing products in the Applegate Naturals line. If you’d like to try Applegate’s products, check out the Applegate.com website and take a peek at current Applegate coupons.