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A recent California-based study has uncovered a strong link between pesticides and autism. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, MIND Institute examined associations between specific classes of pesticides, including organophosphates, pyrethroids and carbamates, applied during participants pregnancies. The data revealed pregnant women who live in close proximity to fields and farms where chemical pesticides are applied experience a 66 percent increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or developmental delay.

“We mapped where our study participants lived during pregnancy and around the time of birth. In California, pesticide applicators must report what they’re applying, where they’re applying it, dates when the applications were made and how much was applied,” Hertz-Picciotto said. “What we saw were several classes of pesticides more commonly applied near residences of mothers whose children developed autism or had delayed cognitive or other skills.”

The study indicates that women who are pregnant should take special care to avoid contact with agricultural chemicals whenever possible. Different classes of pesticides had different effects. Organophosphates, particularly chlorpyrifos applications during the second trimester, were associated with an elevated risk of autism. Pyrethroids were moderately associated with autism, and carbamates were associated with developmental delay.

Approximately 200 million pounds of pesticides are applied in California each year. Chlorpyrifos, the pesticide most strongly linked to autism is applied to crops across the United States.

Researcher Irva Hertz-Picciotto cautions that we should find ways to reduce pesticide exposure, especially for pregnant women and young children. “We need to open up a dialogue about how this can be done, at both a societal and individual level,” she says.

Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed sodium and sugar levels in 1,074 infant and toddler dinners, snacks, fruits, vegetables, dry cereals, juices and desserts. Not only was the processed food heavily salted and contained too much sugar, it didn’t matter whether the toddler’s meal was organic or otherwise.

About 72 per cent of toddler dinners were high in sodium, with more than 210 milligrams per single serving, The pasta meals were often the highest in sodium, because it’s added to both the grain and sauce. Sodium is directly related to blood pressure, which in adulthood becomes a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Another 32 per cent of toddler dinners and most toddler cereal bars, infant or toddler snacks, desserts and juices had one or more added sugars, defined as more than 35 per cent of calories per portion coming from sugar. Having too much sugar in the blood for long periods of time can cause serious health problems.

"Reducing excessive sodium and added sugar from birth to 24 months can help set taste preferences and lead to better health for children now and as they grow," the study’s authors wrote.

What we feed our children is one of the most important decisions we make as parents. Taste preferences begin early and can last a lifetime. A better option is preparing the food yourself. It’s easy, you always know what’s in the food and it’s always fresh. The bonus is the money you save.

Great finger foods for the little ones:
peas
corn
cooked asparagus tips
cut up green beans (My kids are picky, but for some reason they really like the Libby’s That come in a little container and are seasoned with sea salt. They eat them like crackers and don’t even ask for them to be heated up.)
steamed broccoli (cut up)
steamed cauliflower (cut up)
steamed carrots (cut up)
Cucumbers (cubed)
Avocado (cut up)
Potato (baked & cubed)
Crispy Chews
Sweet Potato (Roasted and Cubed)
Squash (cut up and roasted or baked)
Zucchini (steamed and cut up)
Grape Tomato (cut in halves or fourths)
Earth’s Best Happy Snax
Cut up strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries (cut as needed)
Sliced Bananas
Cut up Crepes with fruit, peanut butter and applesauce
Kiwi (cut up)
Fiddlesticks
Mango (cubed or sliced)
Cut up Fruit Popsicles
Applesauce (for dipping things in)
Almond Butter (for spreading on cut up toast or veggies)
Organic Fruit Snacks (we also really like these ones)
Raisins (if they are soft)
Chicken and Noodles (If you’re having Chicken Noodle soup for dinner, cut it up for baby)
Cut up Cuties
Freeze Dried Fruit and Veggies
Sliced Apples & Peanut Butter
Cut up String cheese
Cottage Cheese
Yogurt Bites (freeze bite size yogurt dots)
Little Yums
Olives (diced)
Rinsed Black Beans
Rinsed Kidney Beans
Rinsed Pinto Beans (as well as other beans. Cut up as necessary).
Chickpeas
graham crackers
Whole Grain Pancakes (cut up. We like to add unsweetened applesauce for dipping).
Muffins broken up
Corn Bread
Rice
Mum-Mums
Cooked pieces of fish
Hummus (on crackers or veggies)
Sandwich bites
Jammy-Sammys
Oyster Crackers
Quinoa
Cut up Pasta
Quesadilla (cut up. Did Cafe Rio instantly pop into anyone’s head??)
Teething Wafers
Cheerios
Whole grain crackers
Mac & Cheese
Goldfish (We like Annie’s Organic bunnies even more!)
Cubed Turkey
Cubed Chicken
Chicken Strips or Nuggets (cut up)
Cubed Ham
Scrambled eggs
German Pancakes
Boiled Egg (cut up)
Organic Puffs
Fish sticks
Cut up Fruit Leather
Baby Foods in a Pouch
Grapes (cut up)

Related Links:

http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com/

Wholesome Baby Food- Make Your Own Baby Food

http://www.parents.com/recipes/baby-food/make-your-own-baby-food/

http://www.babycenter.com/0_age-by-age-guide-to-feeding-your-toddler_173...

According to supporters of agrichemical biotechnology, the World Health Organization (WHO) position is that GMO foods are safe. That's not true. The IAASTD Global Report, co-sponsored by the WHO and six other world organizations, states GMOs have NOT been proven safe.

On January 24, 2015 a statement signed by 300 scientists was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Environmental Sciences Europe asserting that there is no scientific consensus about the safety of GE foods

Over 100 global and local health and science organizations agree with IAASTD report and/or support mandatory GMO labeling. Go Organic Principle's Knowledge Exchange for related research.

International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), The World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the United Nations Educational and Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) involving 900 participants and 110 countries from all regions of the world:

“The safety of GMO foods and feed is controversial due to limited available data, particularly for long-term nutritional consumption and chronic exposure. Food safety is a major issue in the GMO debate. Potential concerns include alteration in nutritional quality of foods, toxicity, antibiotic resistance, and allergenicity from consuming GM foods. The concepts and techniques used for evaluating food and feed safety have been outlined (WHO, 2005b), but the approval process of GM crops is considered inadequate (Spök et al., 2004). Under current practice, data are provided by the companies owning the genetic materials, making independent verification difficult or impossible. Recently, the data for regulatory approval of a new Bt-maize variety (Mon863) was challenged. Significant effects have been found on a number of measured parameters and a call has been made for more research to establish their safety... “There is little consensus among the findings from the assessments of economic and environmental impacts of GMOs.” – Global Report http://www.unep.org/dewa/Assessments/Ecosystems/IAASTD/tabid/105853/Defa...

“In regions or countries that choose to produce GMOs, regulation should be based on the precautionary principle and the right of consumers to have an informed choice, for example through labeling” – Translation from Spanish: “En regiones o países, que elijan producir GMO, la regulación debería basarse en el principio de precaución y el derecho de los consumidores a tener una elección informada, por ejemplo a traves del etiquetado.” – LAC SDM (Latin America and Caribbean http://www.unep.org/dewa/Assessments/Ecosystems/IAASTD/tabid/105853/Defa...

American Public Health Association (APHA):
“APHA declare its support that any food product containing genetically modified organisms be so labeled.” http://www.apha.org/advocacy/policy/policysearch/default.htm?id=250

British Medical Association:
“Many unanswered questions remain, particularly with regard to the potential long-term impact of GM foods on human health and on the environment. There is a lack of evidence-based research with regard to medium and long-term effects on health and the environment…Labelling of GM-containing foods should be continued [in Britain] in order to facilitate further health research and allow the public to choose whether they consume GM food or not. Robust population health surveillance in relation to consumption of all foods, including GM foods, is essential and we endorse the suggestions in the FSA (Food Standards Agency) feasibility study regarding the importance of linking nutritional and health surveillance data. When seeking to optimise the balance between benefits and risks, it is prudent to err on the side of caution and, above all, learn from accumulating knowledge and experience. Any new technology such as genetic modification must be examined for possible benefits and risks to human health and the environment. As with all novel foods, safety assessments in relation to GM foods must be made on a case-by-case basis.” http://www.argenbio.org/adc/uploads/pdf/bma.pdf

Australia Public Health Association:
“GM foods should not be assessed as safe to eat unless they have undergone long-term animal safety assessments utilizing endpoints relevant to human health and conducted by independent researchers...The labelling system should be improved to the standards desired by consumers, so that consumers can easily identify foods containing ingredients originating from GM animals and plants, and from animals fed GM feed...There are no surveillance systems set-up to determine the effects of GM foods on health, and no-one is paid to look in existing surveillance systems for problems.,,,and “The precautionary principle should be applied in developing GM food as it is not certain whether there are serious risks to the environment or to human health involved in producing or consuming GM foods or their products.” http://www.phaa.net.au/documents/policy/GMFood.pdf

Expert Panel Report on the Future of Food Biotechnology prepared by The Royal Society of Canada for Health Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Environment Canada:
“The Panel recommends that approval of new transgenic organisms for environmental release, and for use as food or feed, should be based on rigorous scientific assessment of their potential for causing harm to the environment or to human health. Such testing should replace the current regulatory reliance on ‘substantial equivalence’ as a decision threshold. The Panel recommends the precautionary regulatory assumption that, in general, new technologies should not be presumed safe unless there is a reliable scientific basis for considering them safe. The Panel rejects the use of “substantial equivalence” as a decision threshold to exempt new GM products from rigorous safety assessments on the basis of superficial similarities because such a regulatory procedure is not a precautionary assignment of the burden of proof.” http://rsc-src.ca/sites/default/files/pdf/GMreportEN.pdf

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA): “NEHA declare its support for the “understandable” labeling of any food product that contains GMOs, and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any labeling program not exempt soy oil and soy derivatives such as lecithin”
http://www.neha.org/position_papers/positionGMOs.htm

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):
“there are no robust techniques available to monitor the impact of genetic engineering in the food industry or on health or on the environment. Genetic engineering should not be used in the production of human food or animal feeding stuffs or released into the environment until such techniques are in place.” http://www.cieh.org/uploadedFiles/Core/Policy/CIEH_consultation_response...

California Medical Association (CMA):
“the CMA support accurate labeling requirements for foods, including genetically modified foods, by appropriate regulatory agencies.”
California Medical Association SUPPORTS THE LABELING OF GMOs

European Commission:
“labelling should include objective information to the effect that a food or feed consists of, contains or is produced from GMOs. Clear labelling, irrespective of the detectability of DNA or protein resulting from the genetic modification in the final product, meets the demands expressed in numerous surveys by a large majority of consumers, facilitates informed choice and precludes potential misleading of consumers as regards methods of manufacture or production.” http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/animalnutrition/labelling/Reg_1829_2003_en...

Honourable Supreme Court of India Technical Expert Committee (TEC):
“TEC recommends a ten year moratorium on field trials of Bt transgenics in all food crops(those used directly for human consumption)” http://www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/content/365248/interim-report-o...
Over 250 scientists support this committee.

“Accept majority TEC final report”: More than 250 scientists write to PM

Viennese Doctors’ Chamber (Ärztekammer für Wien):
“The release of transgenic species in nature must still be strictly opposed as the results can neither be estimated nor reversed.”
http://www.wallstreet-online.de/nachricht/6412156-genetically-modified-maize-doctors-chamber-warns-of-unpredictable-results-to-humans Website:http://www.aekwien.at

Illinois Public Health Association:
“lack of labeling denies health professionals the ability to trace potential toxic or allergic reactions to, and other adverse health effects from, genetically engineered food” http://www.ipha.com/Public/ContentArticle.aspx?type=Policy_Resolution &http://justlabelit.org/partners/

American Nurses Association:
“the American Nurses Association supports the public’s right to know through support of appropriate food labeling, including country-of-origin and genetic modification and of nutritional information for food served in institutions, restaurants and fast food chains” http://www.nursingworld.org/MemberCenterCategories/ANAGovernance/HODArchives/2008HOD/ActionsAdopted/HealthyFoodinHealthCare.aspx & http://justlabelit.org/partners/

Indiana State Medical Association:
“Lack of labeling denies health professionals the ability to trace potential toxic or allergic reactions to, and other adverse health effects from, genetically engineered food”
http://www.ama-assn.org/assets/meeting/2011a/tab-ref-comm-e-addendum.pdf

American College of Physicians:
“the Board of Regents supports legislation and/or federal regulatory action which requires all foods containing genetically engineered ingredients to be clearly labeled.” “the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) strongly encourage the study of the long-term impact of genetic engineering on the food supply and human health.” http://www.acponline.org/acp_news/misc/apr11/page%2053.pdf

Australian Medical Association (AMA):
“Genetically modified foods have been developed and introduced without regard for full and independent safety evaluation, or full and adequate public consultation or rigorous assessment of health impacts.” – Australian Medical Association, Public Health Association, Australian Consumers’ Association, ‘Grave fears that gene food labels will be denied to consumers’, Media Release, 29 July 1999. http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliam...

Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE): “CAPE has grave concerns about the environmental release of genetically modified (GM) crops and products; we call for the immediate suspension of all such releases”
http://cape.ca/capes-position-statement-on-gmos/

American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM):
“because GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health and are without benefit, the AAEM believes that it is imperative to adopt the precautionary principle”
http://www.aaemonline.org/gmopost.html

European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER):
“No epidemiological studies in human populations have been carried out to establish whether there are any health effects associated with GM food consumption. As GM foods are not labelled in North America, a major producer and consumer of GM crops, it is scientifically impossible to trace, let alone study, patterns of consumption and their impacts. Therefore, claims that GM foods are safe for human health based on the experience of North American populations have no scientific basis.”
http://www.ensser.org/increasing-public-information/no-scientific-consen...

Dignity Health:
“Our desire is to have things labeled so that we can make the best decision on what foods to bring into our hospitals,” “The more information we have, the better decision we can make about what to buy.” http://www.carighttoknow.org/faith_leaders_for_the_win & http://www.dignityhealth.org/stellent/groups/public/@xinternet_con_sys/d...

Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Application of Science and Technology:
“Commercial application of genetical engineering for production of foods cannot be scientifically justified and carries with it unpredictable and potentially serious consequences.” http://psrast.org/

Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility (PSGR):
“The application of genetic engineering biotechnology, in particular the release overseas into the environment of genetically engineered organisms, has proven at best uncertain and at worst seriously damaging. We maintain that it is imperative to keep genetic engineering biotechnology in strict containment in the laboratory.
” http://www.psgr.org.nz/press-releases/32-general/85-press-release-doctors-and-scientists-call-for-a-rethink-of-regulation-on-genetically-engineered-food-87

“The precautionary principle should dictate that we declare an immediate moratorium on (i) the release of any genetically engineered organisms into the environment, and (ii) the incorporation of GEOs [genetically engineered organisms] – their parts, processes and products – into the food chain.”
http://www.psgr.org.nz/archives/12-royal-commission-on-genetic-modificat...

Health Care Without Harm – Healthy Food in Health Care program:
“Health Care Without Harm joined as a partner to the Just Label It campaign, which has petitioned the FDA to legally require that genetically engineered (GE) foods be labeled. Americans have a basic right to know what they are eating and the right to make informed choices about what they eat.” “Healthy Food in Health Care program encourages health care providers to purchase foods free from genetically engineered (GE) ingredients as much as possible, to source from suppliers that demonstrate a strong commitment to non-GE foods, and to support local farmers that favor sustainable practices.” http://www.healthyfoodinhealthcare.org/issues.engineeredfoods.php
481 Hospitals signed the Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge http://www.healthyfoodinhealthcare.org/signers.php

Council For Responsible Genetics:
“Governments should require mandatory labeling of foods produced by or containing genetically engineered organisms (GMOs)"
http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/ViewPage.aspx?pageId=118

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM):
“Tell Congress It’s Time to Label GMOs”
http://pcrm.org/health/action-alerts/health-and-nutrition-action-alerts

Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association:
“The health risks of introducing genetically modified animal feed and agricultural crops into the food chain need to be as thoroughly researched as the introduction of drugs produced by GM bacteria into medicine. This is patently not the case.”
http://ideaireland.org/?s=gmo

California Nurses Association:
“Nurses see people suffering from serious diet-related diseases every day. The potential danger of genetically modified foods is why CNA supports Prop 37.”

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American College for Advancement in Medicine:
“Americans have a right to know if their foods contain GMO ingredients.”
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

The Independent Science Panel (ISP):
“GM foods have never passed any required tests that could have established they are safe.”
http://www.i-sis.org.uk/isp/gmgroup.php

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS):
“Support food labeling laws that require foods containing GE crops to be clearly identified as such, so that consumers can make informed decisions about buying GE products.” http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/our-failing-food-system/genet...

Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine:
“At the very least, we can be wary. We can insist on more long-term studies of the effects of our genetic modification of crops. We can insist that our foods be labeled, so that we can make the choice whether to consume genetically modified foods.”
http://arizonaadvancedmedicine.com/gmo-foods-are-they-safe-look-at-the-e...

Russia’s National Association for Genetic Safety (NAGS):
“It is necessary to ban GMO, to impose moratorium [on it] for 10 years. While GMO will be prohibited, we can plan experiments, tests, or maybe even new methods of research could be developed,”
http://rt.com/news/gmo-ban-russian-scientists-293/ Website:http://www.oagb.ru/about.php?txt_id=724

Peru National Institute of Health/Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS): English translation: “The analysis of identified publications concluded that the scientific evidence is not sufficient to determine the consumption of GMO generates no adverse effects on human health. It is necessary to develop studies evaluating the safety of human and animal GMO according to international scientific standards. Similar findings have been made by other scholars (30, 31) scientific groups. ” http://www.ins.gob.pe/repositorioaps/0/4/jer/revision_6/Nota%20Tecnica%2...

World Conservation Union (IUCN): “
CALLS for a moratorium on further environmental releases of GMOs until these can be demonstrated to be safe for biodiversity, and for human and animal health, beyond reasonable doubt” http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/wcc3_res_007_1_.pdf

Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CAND):
“Labeled GMOs would be an added component to an already terrific collection of information on a product’s Nutrition Facts Label. This information is critical for consumers looking to make wise and specific food purchases, many of which directly affect health.” http://www.theday.com/article/20140112/OP05/301129995/1044

Maine Integrative Healthcare:
“While the scientific debate about the benefits and risks of genetically engineered crops is vigorous and unlikely to reach a consensus anytime soon, you have a right to know what you are eating now.”
http://www.maine-health.com/action-alert-genetically-engineered-foods/

Plurinational State of Bolivia (Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia):
“Based on the current knowledge, including the published literature and narratives, the Plurinational State of Bolivia recognizes that changes in biodiversity and ecosystems caused by LMOs [living modified organisms/genetically modified organisms] are linked to pressing socioeconomic (SE) concerns.”
http://bch.cbd.int/cms/ui/collaboration/download/download.aspx?id=454

National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA): the NSNA encourage its constituent members to write to their state and national legislators in support of mandatory labeling of genetically modified, genetically engineered, or bioengineered food http://www.nsna.org/Portals/0/Skins/NSNA/pdf/Resolution2002.pdf

National Institute of Integrative Medicine:
“Overall, the research debunks the notion that it is necessary or beneficial to integrate GM crops into our everyday nutrition. The health risks, both proven and potential, greatly outweigh the argument for improved nutrition through genetic modification.”
http://icimedicine.org/sites/default/files/docs/gm_health_risks.pdf

Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners of Nigeria: “a moratorium should be placed on distribution of all GMOs through all sources” http://thegambiaechos.com/index.php/permalink/4042.html

Consumers Union:
“Consumers Union Calls on U.S. to Support Genetically Modified Food Labeling Agreement” http://consumersunion.org/news/cu-calls-on-us-to-support-genetically-modified-food-labeling-agreement/

Institute for Integrative Nutrition:
“Integrative Nutrition is joining the conversation about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) because we believe everyone has the right to make educated decisions about what we eat.”
http://www.integrativenutrition.com/labelgmos

Irish Medical Organization:
“this AGM calls for full and proper labeling of foods, which either contain genetically engineered ingredients or have been produced using genetically engineered technology, irrespective of whether these foods are substantially equivalent to existing foods or not” –
General Motion #29 passed by the 1997 Irish Medical Association Annual General Meeting

Wellness Center at Post Haste:
“In animal studies, GMO’s have been linked to infertility, gastrointestinal and immune problems, faulty insulin regulation and major changes in internal organs.”
http://www.posthastepharmacy.net/shop/custom.aspx?recid=22

Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF):
“Concerns about safety are not simply a knee-jerk reaction to the technology or an automatic fear-based response. There is already evidence that some GMOs released have acted in a different manner than expected.” and “The fact that GMOs are living things with the capacity to breed and presumably possibly “interbreed” with existing non-GMO organisms means that, once released into the environment either deliberately following authorisation or accidentally, it may be very difficult to “fix” a mistake. Scientific understanding of the effect of introducing DNA into another organism on its other characteristics is incomplete.”
https://www.chf.org.au/pdfs/sub/sub-229-national-regulatory-system-for-g...

American Chiropractic Association:
“In consideration that genetically modified plant technology is at an early stage of development and since the scientific community acknowledges that the use of genetically modified plants is not without risk both to the environment and human health. The ACA supports the right of consumers not to be involuntarily subjected to possible risks by supporting the right of consumers to choose not to consume genetically modified foods through clear and informative labeling.”
http://www.acatoday.org/level2_css.cfm?T1ID=10&T2ID=117

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for a Livable Future:
“The risks, however, of introducing genetically engineered plants into the environment have not been fully characterized with regard to ecosystem and human health. Unpredicted risks, such as the potential for increased food allergies, have not been fully considered.” http://aphg.jhsph.edu/?event=browse.subject&subjectID=12

Macalester College GMO Exploratory Committee:
“All GMO products should be labeled as such. The committee feels that the public has the right to be informed about the nature of the foods they consume. This is also essential for citizens with food allergies. Therefore, we recommend labeling with stickers for produce or directly labeling the packaging of other foods. Further information about each GMO product will be available online or in information packets in grocery stores and restaurants. Distributors of the food must provide this information to the marketing location.”
http://www.macalester.edu/~montgomery/GMOs2.htm

Dietitians Association of Australia:
“DAA supports compulsory labelling of genetically modified foods and ingredients.” and, “As genetically modified food is a relatively recent addition to the food supply, it is difficult to assess the long- term effect it may have on the environment and the health of those who eat it.
” http://daa.asn.au/for-the-public/smart-eating-for-you/nutrition-a-z/gene...

Connecticut Public Health Association:
“requiring the labeling of GM foods will assure transparency by the GM food industry and also create a system which allows for the traceability of GMOs, making it possible to monitor GM foods for human health effects. Genetically modified foods pose real potential health risks to humans, and when such hazards to human health are at stake, unbiased, rigorous research is necessary to protect the public’s health and inform decision making.”
http://www.cga.ct.gov/2012/ENVdata/Tmy/2012HB-05117-R000222-CONNECTICUT%20PUBLIC%20HEALTH%20ASSOCIATION—Kelly%20Rago,%20Intern%20-TMY.PDF

Groups that support mandatory GMO labeling:

Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine :
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments:
http://justlabelit.org/partners/

American Holistic Medical Association:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/healthcaresupport

American Medical Students Association:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/healthcaresupport

Bernhoft Center for Advanced Medicine:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

Bowdoin Street Health Center:
http://www.iatp.org/files/GE_Food_Alert_Call_to_Action_Signers.pdf

Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions:
www.chac.ca/newsroom/archive/nov18_1999.pdf

Canadian Health Coalition:
www.chac.ca/newsroom/archive/nov18_1999.pdf

Center for Environmental Health:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

Center for Ethics and Toxics:
http://environmentalcommons.org/cetos/articles/pacificdecl.html

Children’s Environmental Health Network:
http://www.iatp.org/files/GE_Food_Alert_Call_to_Action_Signers.pdf

Ghana Public Health Association(GPHA):
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/health/artikel.php?ID=308887

Harbor Medical Group:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

Healthcare Professionals for a Safe & Healthy Sustainable Food Supply:
http://yeson522.com/endorsements/#organizations

HealthNOW Medical Center:
http://www.healthnowmedical.com/blog/2013/01/08/do-gmo-foods-cause-tumors/

Institute of Progressive Medicine:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

Institute for Restorative Health:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

International College of Integrative Medicine:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

Jade Mountain Health Center:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

Latino Care Medical Group:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

. Michigan State Medical Society:
https://www.msms.org/Portals/0/Documents/MSMS/About_MSMS/House_of_Delega...

M.D. Integrative Wellness:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

National Association of Nutrition Professionals:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

Ontario Health Coalition:
www.chac.ca/newsroom/archive/nov18_1999.pdf

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility:
http://www.docstoc.com/docs/129676698/OR-Measure-27-GMO-labeling-ltr-of-endorsement http://justlabelit.org/partners/

Pacific Center For Integral Health:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

Palmetto Allergy and Asthma:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

PCOS Nutrition Center:
http://www.pcosnutrition.com/links/blogs/gmos-in-our-food-what-you-need-...
80. Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals: http://www.gmofreepa.org/our-partners/#.U3-JXfldXMI

Physicians for Social Responsibility:
http://justlabelit.org/partners/

Physicians for Social Responsibility, Arizona:
http://justlabelit.org/partners/

. Physicians for Social Responsibility- Los Angeles:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

Physicians for Social Responsibility- Sacramento:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

Porter Ranch Medical Center:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

The Preventive Medicine Center :
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

Preventive Medicine Research Institute:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario:
www.chac.ca/newsroom/archive/nov18_1999.pdf

Redwood Wellness:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

. Santa Cruz Occupational Medical Center:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

San Francisco Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility:
http://justlabelit.org/partners/

San Francisco Preventive Medical Group:
http://www.carighttoknow.org/endorsements

Sedona Center for Complementary Medicine:
http://www.iatp.org/files/GE_Food_Alert_Call_to_Action_Signers.pdf

Texas Association of Naturopathic Doctors:
http://www.texpirg.org/sites/pirg/files/reports/GMOsignonletter_Randalls.pdf

Vermont Public Health Association:
http://www.vtrighttoknowgmos.org/200-businesses-sign-support-labeling/

Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians:
http://yeson522.com/endorsements/#organizations

Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility:
http://yeson522.com/endorsements/#organizations

Washington State Nurses Association:
http://yeson522.com/endorsements/#organizations

Western Washington Physicians for a National Health Program:
http://yeson522.com/endorsements/#organizations

For years, the public has been assured that the chemical glyphosate was safe whether it was found in the environment or in our fresh water supply or in the processed food we feed our families. As a result, farmers spray more than 185 million pounds of glyphosate-based herbicides, particularly Monsanto’s Roundup, on food crops in North America The questionable agrochemical is also the third most commonly used herbicide for industrial and commercial land and the second most commonly used herbicide in the home and garden. A whopping twenty-five million applications are spread on yards within easy reach of children, pregnant women, the elderly and pets, every year. In short, this herbicide is everywhere. So why the concern? Turns out the industry reports behind glyphosate's safety may have been overstated.

In March 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRAC) reviewed the latest non-industry-funded science and concluded that glyphosate must be labeled a “probable human carcinogen” based on the findings suggesting glyphosate increases the risk of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Independent science has been sounding the alarm for years. Glyphosate has been implicated in over 40 plant diseases; commercial grade glyphosate attacks mammals in the liver and intestines by decreasing the activity of two detoxification enzymes; a report dating back to 2011 found regulators knew as long ago as 1980 that glyphosate can cause birth defects in laboratory animals and that the European Commission has known that glyphosate causes malformations since 2002. Yet the information was never made public.

In Argentina, currently the second largest producer of transgenic BT soy in the world and a major user of Roundup, amphibian embryos are exhibiting defects in their brain, intestines and heart. Farmworkers are becoming ill and their children are born with devastating birth defects. Concerned scientists discovered the herbicide increased the activity of a particular “signalling pathway” that turns off the genes that are needed for normal embryological development. Three countries, across multiple continents are experiencing an inexplicable epidemic. Dubbed as CKDu, Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown origin has attacked and killed thousands of field workers, primarily young males. The disease is spreading so quickly, it's estimated that it now affects 15 percent of field workers - that's 400,000 people. Glyphosate has been implicated.

Undoubtedly, farmworkers face the highest exposures, but low levels of glyphosate are present in our food and drinking water and that could pose a serious threat to our well being. The problem is not acute, its the accumulation of the chemical that may pose the greatest threat. Studies have found glyphosate accumulates in soy and is present in thousands of nonorganic packaged foods including those labelled 'natural'. It is also in animal feed for livestock like pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys and fish so that means it's in the meat aisles of our grocery stores.

IRAC also determined insecticides malathion and diazinon are probable human carcinogens. These bug-killing chemicals are most often found on nonorganic strawberries, celery, and cilantro. An argument to purchase organic if there ever was one.

Despite all the input from independent science, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just gave the green light to allow farmers in nine more states to use a new glyphosate-containing pesticide called Enlist Duo. The new weedkiller also contains 2,4-D, an old-school, toxic chemical that's also linked to cancer. Enlist Duo's two active ingredients, 2,4-D and glyphosate, have both been shown to increase the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

But here's the real kicker, the stuff doesn't work! Genetically engineering crop seeds are engineered to live through dense herbicide sprayings that normally would kill the crop. But spraying BT crops is a failed technology and a losing battle. Just as overusing antibiotics led to hard-to-kill, antibiotic-resistant super germs, abusing weed killers has fuelled the emergence of nearly impossible-to-kill super weeds.

When GE technology was first introduced, chemical companies touted the technology as a way to reduce chemical use on food crops. But Professor Chuck Benbrook, PhD, a research professor at Washington State University, recently found that between 1996 and 2011, GMO technology actually increased herbicide use by 527 million pounds—that's an 11 percent increase -- for every pound less of insecticide used, farmers used four pounds more of herbicides.

The weight of evidence is indicating something is going seriously wrong and glyphosate could be playing a role. Surely it's time stop its commercial distribution until we can get a clear picture of its safety. Likely? Unfortunately until the public starts making some serious noise, particularly around election time, nothing is going to change.

These companies are fighting labelling initiatives of genetically engineered ingredients in food by collectively spending millions to create misleading messages in the media. Why? Cheap suspect ingredients resulting in enormous profits is a good place to start. Most consumers are totally unaware that they are purchasing food laced with pesticide residue or include genetically modified ingredients. We can change this if we vote with your shopping dollar. Don't purchase these brands. Pain in the ass Yes!! But your health and the health of your family will reward you.

Below are some of the name brands that use transgenic ingredients in processed food. It's a mighty sobering read. As you scroll down, you’ll recognize just how many products we purchase on a regular basis -- including baby food. This stuff is in everything and our children are overdosing on it.

*The single asterisk indicates companies that financially supported the anti-labelling initiatives.

Baby Foods

Nabisco* (affiliations Phillip Morris/Altria/Mondelez*)
Arrowroot Teething Biscuits
Infant formula Carnation Infant Formulas(Nestle USA*)
AlSoy
Good Start
Follow-Up & Follow Up Soy
Enfamil Infant Formulas (owned by Mead Johnson Nutrition Company*)
Enfamil with Iron
Enfamil Low Iron
Enfamil A.R.
Enfamil Nutramigen
Enfamil Lacto Free
Enfamil 22
Enfamil Next step (soy and milk-based varieties)
Enfamil Pro-Soybee
Isomil Infant Formulas (Abbot Labs)
Isomil Soy
Isomil Soy for Diarrhea
Similac(Abbot Labs)
Similac Lactose Free
Similac with Iron
Similac Low Iron
Similac Alimentum

Baking Goods

Aunt Jemima (Quaker)
Complete Pancake & Waffle Mix
Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix
Cornbread Mix
Easy Mix Coffee Cake

Betty Crocker (General Mills*)
Pie Crust Mix
Original Pancake Mix
Complete Pancake Mix
Buttermilk Complete Pancake Mix
Muffin Mixes
Banana Nut
Lemon Poppy Seed
Blueberry
Wild Blueberry
Chocolate Chip
Apple Streusel
Quick Bread Mixes Banana
Cinnamon Streusel
Lemon Poppy Seed
Cranberry Orange
Gingerbread
Cookie Mixes Chocolate Chip
Double Chocolate Chunk

Bisquik (Betty Crocker/General Mills*)
Original
Reduced Fat
Shake ‘n Pour Pancake Mix
Shake ‘n Pour Buttermilk Pancake Mix
Shake ‘n Pour Blueberry Pancake Mix

Duncan Hines (Aurora Foods)
Muffin Mixes

Kellogg’s
All-Bran Apple Cinnamon
All-Bran Blueberry

Hungry Jack (Pillsbury)
Buttermilk Pancake Mix
Extra Light & Fluffy Pancake Mix (all varieties)
Jiffy
Corn Muffin Mix
Blueberry Muffin Mix
Raspberry Muffin Mix
Pie Crust Mix

Mrs. Butterworths (Aurora Foods)
Complete Pancake Mix
Buttermilk Pancake Mix

Pepperidge Farms (Campbell’s*)
Buttermilk Pancake Mix

Pillsbury
Quick Bread & Muffin Mixes
Blueberry
Chocolate Chip
Banana
Cranberry
Lemon Poppyseed
Nut
Hot Roll Mix
Gingerbread

Bakers Chocolate(Kraft*)
Unsweetened Chocolate
Semi-Sweet Chocolate
German Sweet Chocolate
White Chocolate
Hershey’s
Semi-Sweet Baking Chips
Milk Chocolate Chips
Mini Kisses

Nestle USA*
Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Milk Chocolate Chips
White Chocolate
Butterscotch Chips
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bars Breads

Bread

Holsum (Interstate Bakeries)
Holsum Thin Sliced
Roman Meal
12 Grain
Round Top
Home Pride
Buttertop White
Buttertop Wheat

Pepperidge Farms (Campbell’s*)
Cinnamon Swirl
Light Oatmeal
Light Wheat
100% Whole Wheat
Hearty Slices
7 Grain
9 Grain
Crunchy Oat
Whole Wheat
Light Side
Oatmeal
Wheat
Soft Dinner Rolls
Club Rolls
Sandwich Buns
Hoagie Rolls

Thomas’ (Bestfoods/Bimbo Bakeries*)
English Muffins Original
Cinnamon Raisin
Honey Wheat
Oat Bran
Blueberry
Maple French Toast
Toast-r-Cakes Blueberry
Toast-r-Cakes Corn Muffins
Entenmann’s
SaraLee*

Wonder (Interstate Bakeries)
White Sandwich Bread
Country Grain
Buttermilk
Thin Sandwich
Light Wheat
100% Stoneground Wheat
Fat Free Multigrain
Premium Potato
Beefsteak Rye
Wonder Hamburger Buns

Breakfast Cereals

Kellogg’s
Pop Tarts (all varieties)
Pop Tarts Snack Stix (all)
Nutri-Grain Bars (all)
Nutri-Grain Fruit Filled Squares (all)
Nutri-Grain Twists (all)
Fruit-Full Squares (all)

Nabisco*
Fruit & Grain Bars (all varieties)
Nature Valley (General Mills*)
Oats & Honey Granola Bars
Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Cinnamon Granola Bars

Pillsbury (General Mills*)
Toaster Scrambles & Strudels (all varieties)

Quaker
Chewy Granola Bars (all varieties)
Fruit & Oatmeal Bars (all varieties)
Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffles
Buttermilk
Blueberry

Eggo Frozen Waffles (Kellogg’s*)
Homestyle
Buttermilk
Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat
Nutri-Grain Multi Grain
Cinnamon Toast
Blueberry
Strawberry
Apple Cinnamon
Banana Bread

Hungry Jack Frozen Waffles (Pillsbury/General Mills*)
Homestyle
Buttermilk

Cereal

General Mills*
Cheerios**
Wheaties
Total
Corn Chex
Wheat Chex
Lucky Charms
Trix
Kix
Golden Grahams
Cinnamon Grahams
Count Chocula
Honey Nut Chex
Frosted Cheerios
Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
Multi-Grain Cheerios
Frosted Wheaties
Brown Sugar & Oat Total
Basic 4
Reeses Puffs
French Toast Crunch
** General Mills has advised its brand Cherrios will be free of all genetically engineered additives and the food label will reflect the change. Applies only to regular Cherrios and not other brands.

Kellogg’s*
Frosted Flakes
Corn Flakes
Special K
Raisin Bran
Rice Krispies
Corn Pops
Product 19
Smacks
Froot Loops
Marshmallow Blasted Fruit Loops
Apple Jacks
Crispix
Smart Start
All-Bran
Complete Wheat Bran
Complete Oat Bran
Just Right Fruit & Nut
Honey Crunch Corn Flakes
Raisin Bran Crunch
Cracklin’ Oat Bran

Country Inn Specialties (all varieties)
Mothers Cereals (Quaker)
Toasted Oat Bran
Peanut Butter Bumpers
Groovy Grahams
Harvest Oat Flakes
Harvest Oat Flakes w/Apples & Almonds
Honey Round Ups

Post
Raisin Bran
Bran Flakes
Grape Nut Flakes
Grape Nut O’s
Fruit & Fibre date, raisin and walnut
Fruit & Fibre peach, raisin and almond
Honey Bunch of Oats
Honey Nut Shredded Wheat
Honey Comb
Golden Crisp
Waffle Crisp
Cocoa Pebbles
Cinna-Crunch Pebbles
Fruity Pebbles
Alpha-Bits
Post Selects Cranberry Almond
Post Selects Banana Nut Crunch
Post Selects Blueberry Morning
Post Selects Great Grains

Quaker
Life
Cinnamon Life
100% Natural Granola
Toasted Oatmeal
Toasted Oatmeal Honey Nut
Oat Bran
Cap’n Crunch
Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch
Cap’n Crunch Crunchling Berries

Chocolate

Cadbury
Mounds
Almond Joy
York Peppermint Patty
Dairy Milk
Roast Almond
Fruit & Nut
Hershey’s
Kit-Kat
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Mr. Goodbar
Special Dark
Milk Chocolate
Kisses
Symphony

Kraft*
Toblerone (all varieties)

Mars Incorporated*
M&M (all varieties)
Snickers
Three Musketeers
Milky Way
Twix
Wrigley*

Nestle USA*
Crunch
Milk Chocolate
Chunky
Butterfinger
100 Grand

Carnation (Nestle USA*)
Hot Cocoa Mixes:
Rich Chocolate
Double Chocolate
Milk Chocolate
Marshmallow Madness
Mini Marshmallow
No Sugar

Hershey’s
Chocolate Syrup
Special Dark Chocolate Syrup
Strawberry Syrup

Nestle USA*
Nesquik
Strawberry Nesquik

Swiss Miss (ConAgra*)
Chocolate Sensation
Milk Chocolate
Marshmallow Lovers
Marshmallow Lovers Fat Free
No Sugar Added

Godiva Chocolatier Inc*

Condiments

Hellman’s (Bestfoods)
Real Mayonnaise
Light Mayonnaise
Low-Fat Mayonnaise

Hunt’s (ConAgra*)
Ketchup (regular & no salt)
KC Masterpiece
Original BBQ sauce
Garlic & Herb Marinade
Honey Teriyaki Marinade

Kraft*
Miracle Whip (all varieties)
Kraft Mayonnaise (all)
Thick & Spicy BBQ sauces (all varieties)
Char Grill BBQ sauce
Honey Hickory BBQ sauce

Nabisco* (Nabisco/Phillip Morris)
A-1 Steak Sauce

Open Pit (Vlasic/Campbells*)
BBQ sauces (all)
Chi-Chi’s (Hormel)
Fiesta Salsa (all varieties)
Old El Paso (Pillsbury)
Thick & Chunky Salsa
Garden Pepper Salsa
Taco Sauce
Picante Sauce

Ortega (Nestle USA*)
Taco Sauce
Salsa Prima Homestyle
Salsa Prima Roasted Garlic
Salsa Prima 3 Bell Pepper
Thick & Chunky Salsa

Pace (Campbells)
Chunky Salsa
Picante Sauce

Tostitos Salsa (Frito-Lay/Pepsi)
All Natural
All Natural Thick & Chunky
Roasted Garlic
Restaurant Style

The J. M. Smucker’s Company*
Jams, Jellies, Ice Cream Toppings

Cookies

Delicious Brands (Parmalat)
Animal Crackers
Ginger Snaps
Fig Bars
Oatmeal
Sugar-Free Duplex
Honey Grahams
Cinnamon Grahams
Fat Free Vanilla Wafers
English Toffee Heath Cookies
Butterfinger Cookies
Skippy Peanut Butter Cookies

Famous Amos (Keebler/Flowers Industries*)
Chocolate Chip
Oatmeal Raisin
Chocolate Sandwich
Peanut Butter Sandwich
Vanilla Sandwich
Oatmeal Macaroon Sandwich

Frookies (Delicious Brands/Parmalat)
Peanut Butter Chunk
Chocolate Chip
Double Chocolate
Frookwich Vanilla
Frookwich Chocolate
Frookwich Peanut Butter
Frookwich Lemon
Funky Monkeys Chocolate
Ginger Snaps
Lemon Wafers

Keebler (Keebler/Flowers Industries*)
Chips Deluxe
Sandies
E.L. Fudge
Soft Batch Chocolate Chip
Golden Vanilla Wafers
Droxies
Vienna Fingers
Fudge Shoppe Fudge Stripes
Fudge Shoppe Double Fudge & Caramel
Fudge Shoppe Fudge Stix
Fudge Shoppe Peanut Butter Fudge Stix
Country Style Oatmeal
Graham Originals
Graham Cinnamon Crisp
Graham Chocolate
Graham Honey Low Fat
Crème Filled Wafers
Chocolate Filled Wafers

Nabisco* (Nabisco/Phillip Morris)
Oreo,(all varieties)
Chips Ahoy!(all varieties)
Fig Newtons (all Newtons varieties)
Lorna Doone
Nutter Butters
Barnum Animal Crackers
Nilla Wafers
Nilla Chocolate Wafers
Pecanz Shortbread
Family Favorites Oatmeal
Famous Wafers
Fudge Covered Mystic Sticks
Honey Maid Graham Crackers
Honey Maid Cinnamon Grahams
Honey Maid Chocolate Grahams
Honey Maid Oatmeal Crunch
Teddy Grahams
Teddy Grahams Cinnamon
Teddy Grahams Chocolate
Teddy Grahams Chocolate Chips
Café Cremes Vanilla
Café Crème Cappuccino

Pepperidge Farm (Campbell’s*)
Milano
Mint Milano
Chessmen
Bordeaux
Brussels
Geneva
Chocolate Chip
Lemon Nut
Shortbread
Sugar
Ginger Men
Raspberry Chantilly
Strawberry Verona
Chocolate Mocha Salzburg
Chocolate Chunk Chesapeake
Chocolate Chunk Nantucket
Chocolate Chunk Sausalito
Oatmeal Raisin Soft Baked

Sesame Street (Keebler*)
Cookie Monster
Chocolate Chip
Chocolate Sandwich
Vanilla Sandwich
Cookie Pals
Honey Grahams
Cinnamon Grahams
Frosted Grahams

Snack Wells (Nabisco*)
Devil’s Food
Golden Devil’s Food
Mint Crème
Coconut Crème
Chocolate Sandwich
Chocolate Chip
Peanut Butter Chip
Double Chocolate Chip

Crackers

Keebler (Keebler/Flowers Industries*)
Town House
Club
Munch ‘Ems (all varieties)
Wheatables
Zesta Saltines
Toasteds (Wheat, Onion, Sesame & Butter Crisps)
Snax Stix (Wheat, Cheddar & original)
Harvest Bakery (Multigrain, Butter, Corn Bread)

Nabisco *
Ritz (all varieties)
Wheat Thins (all)
Wheatsworth
Triscuits
Waverly
Sociables
Better Cheddars
Premium Saltines (all)
Ritz Snack Mix (all)
Vegetable Flavor Crisps
Swiss Cheese Flavor Crisps
Cheese Nips (all)
Uneeda Biscuits

Pepperidge Farm (Campbell’s*)
Butter Thins
Hearty Wheat
Cracker Trio
Cracker Quartet
Three Cheese Snack Stix
Sesame Snack Stix
Pumpernickel Snack Stix
Goldfish (original, cheddar, parmesan, pizza, pretzel)
Goldfish Snack Mix (all)

Red Oval Farms (Nabisco/Phillip Morris)
Stoned Wheat Thin (all varieties)
Crisp ‘N Light Sourdough Rye
Crisp ‘N Light Wheat

Sunshine (Flowers Industries)
Cheeze-It (original & reduced fat)
Cheeze-It White Cheddar
Cheeze-It Party Mix
Krispy Original Saltines

Frozen Dinners

Banquet (ConAgra*)
Pot Pies (all varieties)
Fried Chicken
Salisbury Steak
Chicken Nugget Meal
Pepperoni Pizza Meal

Budget Gourmet (Heinz*)
Roast Beef Supreme
Beef Stroganoff
Three Cheese Lasagne
Chicken Oriental & Vegeatable
Fettuccini Primavera

Green Giant (Pillsbury)
Rice Pilaf with Chicken Flavored Sauce
Rice Medley with Beef Flavored Sauce
Primavera Pasta
Pasta Accents Creamy Cheddar
Create-a-Meals Parmesan Herb Chicken
Cheesy Pasta and Vegetable
Beef Noodle
Sweet & Sour
Mushroom Wine Chicken

Healthy Choice (ConAgra*)
Stuffed Pasta Shells
Chicken Parmagiana
Country Breaded Chicken
Roast Chicken Breast
Beef Pot Roast
Chicken & Corn Bread
Cheese & Chicken Tortellini
Lemon Pepper Fish
Shrimp & Vegetable
Macaroni & Cheese

Kid Cuisine (ConAgra*)
Chicken Nugget Meal
Fried Chicken
Taco Roll Up
Corn Dog
Cheese Pizza
Fish Stix
Macaroni & Cheese

Lean Cuisine (Stouffer’s/Nestle USA*)
Skillet Sensations Chicken & Vegetable
Broccoli & Beef
Homestyle Beef
Teriyaki Chicken
Chicken Alfredo
Garlic Chicken
Roast Turkey
Hearty Portions
Chicken Florentine
Beef Stroganoff
Cheese & Spinach Manicotti
Salisbury Steak
Café Classics
Baked Fish
Baked Chicken
Chicken a L’Orange
Chicken Parmesan
Meatloaf with Whipped Potatoes
Everyday Favorites
Chicken Fettuccini
Chicken Pie
Angel Hair Pasta
Three Bean Chili with Rice
Macaroni & Cheese

Marie Callenders (ConAgra*)
Chicken Pot Pie
Lasagna & Meat Sauce
Turkey & Gravy
Meat Loaf & Gravy
Country Fried Chicken & Gravy
Fettuccini with Broccoli & Cheddar
Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes
Country Fried Pork Chop with Gravy
Chicken Cordon Bleu

Ore-Ida Frozen Potatoes (Heinz*)
Fast Fries
Steak fries
Zesties
Shoestrings
Hash Browns
Tater Tots
Potato Wedges
Crispy Crunchies

McCain Foods USA*
Frozen Potato Sides
French Fries
Hash Browns
Potato Wedges

Rosetto Frozen Pasta (Heinz*)
Cheese Ravioli
Beef Ravioli
Italian Sausage Ravioli
Eight Cheese Stuffed Shells
Eight Cheese Broccoli Stuffed Shells

Stouffer’s (Nestle USA*)
Family Style Favorites Macaroni & Cheese
Stuffed Peppers
Broccoli au Gratin
Meat Loaf in Gravy
Green Bean & Mushroom Casserole
Homestyle
Meatloaf
Salisbury Steak
Chicken Breast in Gravy
Hearty Portions
Salisbury Steak
Chicken Fettucini
Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes
Chicken Pot Pie

Swanson (Vlasic/Campbells)
Meat Loaf
Fish & Chips
Salisbury Steak
Chicken Nuggets
Hungry Man Fried Chicken
Roast Chicken
Fisherman’s Platter
Pork Rib

Voila! (Bird’s Eye/Agri-Link Foods)
Chicken Voila! Alfredo
Chicken Voila! Garlic
Chicken Voila! Pesto
Chicken Voila! Three Cheese
Steak Voila! Beef Sirloin
Shrimp Voila! Garlic

Weight Watchers (Heinz*)
Smart Ones Fiesta Chicken
Basil Chicken
Ravioli Florentine
Fajita Chicken
Roasted Vegetable Primavera

Energy Bars & Drinks

Power Bar (Nestle USA*)
Oatmeal Raisin
Apple Cinnamon
Peanut Butter
Vanilla Crisp
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Mocha
Banana
Wild Berry
Harvest Bars Apple Crisp
Blueberry
Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Strawberry
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Carnation Instant Breakfast Mix (Nestle USA*)
Creamy Milk Chocolate
Classic Chocolate
French Vanilla
Strawberry
Café Mocha

Heat & Serve Meals

Chef Boyardee (ConAgra*)
Beefaroni
Macaroni & Cheese
Mini Ravioli
ABC’s & 123′s

Dinty Moore (Hormel)
Beef Stew
Turkey Stew
Chicken & Dumplings
Hormel
Chili with Beans
Chili No Beans
Vegetarian Chili with Beans

Kids’ Kitchen (Hormel)
Spaghetti Rings with Meatballs
Macaroni & Cheese
Pizza Wedges with 3 Cheese

Franco-American (Campbell’s*)
Spaghetti O’s
Mini Ravioli
Power Rangers Pasta in Sauce

Meat & Dairy Alternatives

Loma Linda(Worthington/Kellogg’s**)
Meatless Chik Nuggets

Morningstar (Worthington/Kellogg’s**)
Harvest Burger
Better ‘n Burgers
Garden Veggie Patties
Grillers Burgers
Black Bean Burger
Chicken Patties

Natural Touch (Worthington/Kellogg’s**)
Garden Vegetable Pattie
Black Bean Burger
Okra Pattie
Lentil Rice Loaf
Nine Bean Loaf

Worthington (Worthington/Kellogg’s**)
Vegetarian Burger
Savory Slices

Dairy Alternatives

Nutra Blend Soy Beverage(Bestfoods)
Original
Vanilla
Apple
Orange
**In the process of converting to non-transgenic “proteins” in all products.

Meal Mixes & Sauce Packets

Betty Crocker (General Mills*)
Garden Vegetable Pilaf
Creamy Herb Risotto
Garlic Alfredo Fettuccini
Bowl Appetit Cheddar Broccoli
Macaroni & Cheese
Pasta Alfredo

Knorr (Bestfoods)
Mushroom Risotto Italian Rice
Broccoli au Gratin Risotto
Vegetable Primavera Risotto
Risotto Milanese
Original Pilf
Chicken Pilaf
Rotini with 4 Cheese
Bow Tie Pasta with Chicken & Vegetable
Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato
Fettuccini with Alfredo
Classic Sauce Packets Hollandaise

Béarnaise
White
Brown
Lemon Herb
Mushroom Brown
Onion
Roasted Chicken
Roasted Pork
Roasted Turkey

Pasta Sauce Packets Alfredo
Four Cheese
Carbonara
Pesto
Garlic Herb

Lipton (Unilever*)
Rice & Sauce Packets Chicken Broccoli
Cheddar Broccoli
Beef Flavor
Spanish
Chicken Flavor
Creamy Chicken
Mushroom
Sizzle & Stir Skillet Supers
Lemon Garlic Chicken & Rice
Spanish Chicken & Rice
Herb Chicken & Bowties
Cheddar Chicken & Shells

Near East (Quaker)
Spicy Tomato Pasta Mix
Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil Pasta Mix
Falafel Mix
Lentil Pilaf
Couscous
Tomato Lentil
Parmesan
Toasted Pinenut
Herb Chicken
Broccoli & Cheese
Curry

Pasta Roni (Quaker)
Fettuccini Alfredo
Garlic Alfredo
Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs
Angel Hair Pasta with Parmesan Cheese
Angel Hair Pasta with Tomato Parmesan
Angel Hair Pasta Primavera
Garlic & Olive Oil with Vermicelli

Rice-a-Roni (Quaker)
Rice Pilaf
Beef
Chicken
Fried Rice
Chicken & Broccoli
Long Grain & Wild Rice
Broccoli au Gratin

Uncle Ben’s (Mars*)
Long Grain & Wild Rice (Original & with Garlic)
Brown & Wild Rice Mushroom
Country Inn Mexican Fiesta
Country Inn Oriental Fried Rice
Country Inn Chicken & Vegetable
Country Inn Chicken & Broccoli
Natural Select Chicken & Herb
Natural Select Tomato & Basil
Chef’s Recipe Chicken & Vegetable Pilaf
Chef’s Recipe Beans & Rice
Chef’s Recipe Broccoli Rice

Frozen Pizza

Celeste (Aurora Foods)
Supreme
Pepperoni
Vegetable
Four Cheese
Deluxe
Cheese

Tombstone (Kraft*)
Pepperoni
Supreme
Sausage & Pepperoni
Extra Cheese
Stuffed Crust
Three Cheese

Totino’s (Pillsbury)
Crisp Crust
Pepperoni
Combination

Snack Foods

Act II Microwave Popcorn (ConAgra*)
Butter
Extreme Butter
Corn on the Cob

Frito-Lay* (PepsiCo*)
Lays Potato Chips (all varieties)
Ruffles Potato Chips (all)
Doritos Corn Chips (all)
Tostitos Corn Chips (all)
Fritos Corn Chips** (all)
Cheetos (all)
Rold Gold Pretzels (all)
Cracker Jack Popcorn
*Frito has informed its corn and potato suppliers that the company wishes to avoid GE crops, but acknowledges that canola or other oils and ingredients in its products may be from GE sources.

Healthy Choice Microwave Popcorn (ConAgra*)
Organic Corn (soy/canola oils)

Mothers Corn Cakes (Quaker)
Butter Pop

Hershey Company*
KitKat
Twizzlers
Reeses
Hershey’s Kisses
Almond Joy

Orville Redenbacher Microwave Popcorn (ConAgra*)
Original
Homestyle
Butter
Smart Pop
Pour Over
Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Cakes
Chocolate
Caramel
Orville Redenbacher Mini Popcorn Cakes
Butter
Peanut Caramel
Chocolate Peanut

Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn (Betty Crocker/General Mills*)
Natural
Homestyle
Jumbo Pop
Extra Butter
Light
94% Fat Free Butter

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For the one or two people on the continent who don’t know Dr. Mehmet Oz, he is a respected cardiothoracic surgeon with his own TV show. With almost 1000 shows under his belt, Dr Oz has been dubbed ‘America’s doctor’ . He's known for his belief that western medicine can be reductive focussing on illness instead of health; he supports the need for a deeper connection with patients; he has given considered opinions on alternative approaches to cure and prevent illness; and yes, sometimes he's gone afield of what many professionals in his field would consider sound medical advice. But then again he would be the first to say his show is not about medicine per se, it's about self empowerment. He is also a vocal advocate for labelling GMO foods and believes glyphosate, an agrochemical used in the biofood industry, is a serious threat to public health. That philosophy, perhaps more than any other, has placed him in the crosshairs of some very powerful people.

Dr. Oz holds the surgery department vice chair at Columbia University. He has held that position for over 20 years. Recently he received a letter from 10 doctors calling on Columbia to fire him from his post. The letter states his “presence on the faculty of a prestigious medical institution unacceptable.” and “We are surprised and dismayed that Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons would permit Dr. Mehmet Oz to occupy a faculty appointment, let alone a senior administrative position in the Department of Surgery.” They claim the television personality has "repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine, as well as baseless and relentless opposition to the genetic engineering of food crops”….. and there you have the first hint.

The New York Times pointed out that some of the doctors who signed the letter are connected with the American Council on Science and Health, a pro-industry advocacy group that supports genetically modified foods. To be clear, Oz does not claim that GMO foods are dangerous, but he does believe that they should be labeled, just like they are in over 64 countries around the world. His response to the letter was swift.

In the past, Oz has had his share of controversy. One questionable claim about a weight-loss product landed him in front of a Senate subcommittee hearing. But this accusatory letter carries the invisible watermark of the chemical barons who control the GMO seed and agrochemical industry. Aside from their questionable genetic practices and controversial biofood ingredients, their best selling agrochemical, glyphosate, is under attack. At one time the industry claimed glyphosate was as safe as aspirin which undoubtedly helped the herbicide become the world's best selling herbicide. But in March 2015, a division of the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Argentina’s union of 30,000 doctors and health professionals, FESPROSA, issued a statement in support of that decision. Argentina is currently the second biggest producer of transgenic BT soy in the world. To pay back its foreign debt, the country adopted an industrial agriculture export model and the use of glyphosate skyrocketed at great cost to the country's fieldworker health. These hardworking citizens have experienced a three-fold increase in birth defects and cancer rates increased fourfold and many health professionals and independent scientists believe glyphosate is implicated.

Dr Oz became a vocal opponent to glyphosate in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval to a newly engineered bioseed and chemical spray called Enlist Duo. Created by Dow AgroSciences to combat weed resistance, the two active ingredients, 2,4-D and glyphosate, are linked to a higher risk of contracting non-Hodgkins lymphoma as well as other serious health issues. Despite all the input from independent scientists around the world about the dangers of 2,4-D, the EPA gave the green light to Dow for commercial use in 2014. Canadian officials approved commercial application of Enlist Duo in 2013.

Dr Oz started a petition on his TV show calling on President Obama to block approval of the highly toxic herbicide. The petition garnered over 115,000 signatures. That's the second hint as to why Dr Oz is such a threat. Oz is not only smart, he's influential and that's a combination that threatens an industry that makes billions in profits annually by selling questionable chemicals.

These chemical barons have a long history of trying to silence those who are vocal and influential. As far back as the early 1990s, they were casting a wide net to suppress independent science and freedom of speech.Dr. Arpad Pusztai, is a Biochemist and Nutritionist In the early 90s, he was awarded a $3 million grant by the UK government to design the system for safety testing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Within 10 days, the test mammals that were fed GMO fodder developed pre-cancerous cell growth, smaller testicles, partially atrophied livers and damaged immune systems.

Dr Pusztai saw a public health crisis in the making. Worried that GM foods may have similar affects on humans, with permission from his director, Pusztai gave an interview on TV and expressed his concerns. He became an instant hero at his institute -- for two days.

A phone call from the pro-GMO prime minister’s office to the institute’s director resulted in the firing of Pusztai. He was threatened with a lawsuit if he continued to speak out about his concerns and his team was dismantled. Then the smear campaign started. The Institute that had employed him for 35 years, together with the biotech industry that funded research at the Institute and the UK government launched a campaign to destroy Pusztai’s reputation. Eventually, the British parliament lifted his gag order and his research was published in the prestigious Lancet, but not before he and his wife lost their jobs, their livelihood and their reputations.

Embryologist Andrés Carrasco told a leading Buenos Aires newspaper about the results of his research into Roundup, the glyphosate herbicide sold in conjunction with Monsanto’s genetically engineered Roundup Ready crops. His studies of amphibians suggested that the herbicide could cause defects in the brain, intestines, and hearts of fetuses. His concern was the amount of Roundup used on GM soy fields was as much as 1,500 times greater than that which created the defects. The biotech industry mounted an attack on Carrasco, ridiculing his research and even issued personal threats.

Epidemiologist Judy Carman investigated outbreaks of disease for a state government in Australia. She knew that health problems associated with GM foods may take decades to discover because the onset of disease is not acute - it's chronic. Moreover, the short-term animal feeding studies usually did not evaluate “biochemistry, immunology, tissue pathology, gut function, liver function, and kidney function” and were too short to test for cancer or reproductive or child health.

Carman was awarded a grant by the Western Australia government to conduct a long-term animal feeding studies on GMOs. GMO advocates demanded the grant be withdrawn. When the Western Australian Government refused to withdraw the grant, opponents successfully interfered with Carman’s relationship with the university where she was to do the research.

In February 2004, prominent virologist Terje Traavik presented preliminary data at a meeting at the UN Biosafety Protocol Conference. The data demonstrated that Filipinos living next to a GM cornfield developed serious symptoms while the corn was pollinating; that genetic material inserted into GM crops transferred to rat organs after a single meal; and key safety assumptions about genetically engineered viruses were overturned, calling into question the safety of using these viruses in vaccines.

The biotech industry attacked Dr. Traavik stating he presented unpublished work. But presenting preliminary data at professional conferences is a long-standing tradition in science. The biotech industry relied on in 1999 to try to counter the evidence that butterflies were endangered by GM corn.

In 2014, the New Yorker reported Syngenta was orchestrating attacks scientists whose studies have shown atrazine to have adverse effects on the environment and/or human and animal health including Professor Tyrone Hayes, PhD, an amphibian expert at University of California, Berkeley. Hayes was contracted to determine the affects of atrazine on frogs. He discovered males exposed to this endocrine disrupter would develop eggs or ovaries in their testes, or the amphibians would turn into hermaphrodites. Further study showed that sometimes the frogs completely turned into females. When he presented the data, Hayes claimed the manufacturer, Syngenta, wanted him to manipulate the data and keep his original findings under wrap. Instead of being intimidated, Hayes started his own campaign and that put the good professor squarely in the cross hairs of the giant chemical company. Syngenta criticized Hayes' science and conduct in press releases, letters to the editor, and through a formal ethics complaint filed at University of California-Berkeley.

There's a reason the chemical barons are so quick on the draw. The market value of the agrochemical industry is $42 Billion annually. So it's little wonder these deep-pocketed corporations go to great lengths to suppress independent scientific investigation. They've been known to block independent research by withholding GM seeds and genes or threaten to withdraw funding from the universities or they resort to sullying the reputations of reputable scientists. The millions they spend on lobbying our governments is another matter entirely.

“Agritech companies have given themselves veto power over the work of independent researchers ... Only studies that the seed companies have approved ever see the light of a peer-reviewed journal.”
Scientific American, August 2009

The close ties that have developed between bio science, commerce and governments have created a protective moat around industrial agriculture. The most common claim is that they are protecting intellectual property. But the cultivation, distribution and manufacturing of food needs to be held to a higher standard than commerce. If GMO foods are as safe as the pundits claim, why not encourage independent research to support their claim? What are they trying to hide? If biofoods are safe why not label it as such - that marketing messaging should be worth millions in sales. So what do they fight labelling initiatives instead? Forty-two billion dollars in sales is certainly part of the answer. If it's labelled no one will buy it is another. Over 80% of consumers in Canada and the US want GMO ingredients listed on food labels.

People like Dr Oz is a threat because he's not only smart, he's influential. Millions of Americans and Canadians listen to his advice about cultivating conscious choice. That spells trouble for the chemical barons. The last thing they want is an audience of millions thinking for themselves and making the conscious choice about not purchasing GMO laced and pesticide infested biofoods.

Today, there is approximately 10,400 pesticides approved by the EPA on ‘conditional registration’. This fast track, toxic treadmill allows pesticide manufacturers to get products to market without fully testing all the active ingredients for health or environmental impact and that's a danger to us all.

"Over the past 30 years, more than 100,000 chemicals have been approved for commercial use in the United States. Among these are more than 82,000 industrial chemicals, 9,000 food additives, 3,000 cosmetic ingredients, 1,000 pesticide active ingredients and 3,000 pharmaceutical drugs...due to funding constraints and industry litigation, in the years since the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TCA) was passed, the EPA has been able to require safety testing on only about 200 of the 84,000 chemicals listed on the TSCA chemical inventory."
The New Puberty, 2014, Louise Green, M.D. and Julianna Deardoff, PhD

The monolithic chemical company, Monsanto, is at it yet again. This time, they are trying to convince the world that glyphosate, their number one selling herbicide, is not a probable carcinogen as defined by World Health Organization report published earlier this year.

According to Reuters, a 16-member panel, assembled by Intertek Scientific & Regulatory Consultancy will present its findings to the annual meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis on Monday. Their study will be published the study at a later date after peer review.

The group says the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) misinterpreted or incorrectly weighted some of the data it reviewed and ignored other data before classifying glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen, according to an abstract of its findings.

So how objective are the findings? The panel is anything but impartial. Monsanto paid Intertek for the panel's work.Ten of the 16 scientists on the Intertek panel have been consultants for Monsanto in the past and two others are former Monsanto employees, according to a roster published on Monsanto's website.

But then again objective science is not Monsanto's goal - declining sales are the slings and arrows behind this attempt to debunk the World Health Organization. Monsanto is continuing to lose profits into the second quarter of 2015, shedding an exceptional 15% profit amid falling GMO seed sale.

The WHO report indicated studies “sufficiently demonstrated” that glyphosate caused cancer in animals. And, according to multiple reports, Monsanto was well aware that this chemical caused cancer for decades yet still continued to sell it.

Earlier in the year, over 30,000 doctors and health experts throughout Latin America are demanding that Monsanto’s products be banned. One of the primary cases that these doctors are bringing against Monsanto is the recent confirmation that their main herbicide RoundUp is actually responsible for causing cancer.

Concerns about glyphosate on food have also been a hot topic of debate in the United States contributing to the passage last year in Vermont of the country's first mandatory labeling law for foods that are genetically modified. In Europe, France has banned Roundup's use

Critics say that industry-linked scientists are downplaying the risk to human health and trying to discredit the IARC report by casting doubt on some of the scientific studies that it reviewed.

The European Commission has ordered a ground-breaking moratorium on two endocrine-disrupting weedkillers that have been linked to thyroid cancer, infertility, reproductive problems and foetal malformations.

Use of Amitrole and Isoproturon will now be banned from September 30 across Europe, after an EU committee voted unanimously for the first ever ban on endocrine-disrupting herbicides.

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with the hormone system. Scientific studies indicate that they can cause cancerous tumours, birth defects and a range of ailments related to gender, sex and reproductive systems.

Hans Muilerman, chemicals officer at Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe, said: “This is a historic decision as it is clear that these chemicals are 100% endocrine disruptors. We applaud these two proposals but at the same time note that a large reservoir of harmful, classified and endocrine-disrupting pesticides is still waiting for a decision, which has been repeatedly postponed by the commission.”

While this is good news for Europeans, here in Canada and the US, many endocrine-disrupting weed killers remain widely used on food crops and in public parks. Regardless of where application occurs, one thing is certain, these dangerous and deadly chemicals make their way into our drinking water, our food and even in the air we all breathe.

A very common practice to coat fresh fruits and veges – including organic varieties with what the food industry calls A very common practice to coat fresh fruits and veges – including organic varieties with what the food industry calls edible plastic coatings. Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) involves controlling or modifying the atmosphere surrounding the product to slow spoilage by coating the food with an ‘edible film’ to increase shelf life.

According to the FDA, modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), which includes so-called "smart" and "edible" types of packaging has made great strides over the past decade or so, and has "greatly improved the quality and shelf-stability" of otherwise highly perishable produce.

While that may sound promising to industrial food types, to consumers these types of coatings do present a very real potential health hazard. The FDA openly admits that edible coatings have been associated with a number of problems including anaerobic fermentation of apples and bananas, rapid weight loss of tomatoes, rapid decay in cucumbers as well as the potential for growth of food borne pathogens.

While the verdict is still out on edible coatings, if you have a choice, why would you opt to eat fruits and vegetables that have been coated in a rubbery film? Buy local when possible and don't forget to ask your server at your favorite eatery if the salad bar contains vegetables that have been plasticized. If buying local is not an option, ask your grocer if the fruits and vegetables have a coating applied. Even fresh, non-coated/non-treated vegetables that have been conventionally grown will likely be healthier for you than wilted organic veggies from across the world, coated with plasticizers to keep them looking fresh.. Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) involves controlling or modifying the atmosphere surrounding the product to slow spoilage by coating the food with an ‘edible film’ to increase shelf life.

According to the FDA, modified atmosphere packaging (MAP), which includes so-called "smart" and "edible" types of packaging has made great strides over the past decade or so, and has "greatly improved the quality and shelf-stability" of otherwise highly perishable produce.

While that may sound promising to industrial food types, to consumers these types of coatings do present a very real potential health hazard. The FDA openly admits that edible coatings have been associated with a number of problems including anaerobic fermentation of apples and bananas, rapid weight loss of tomatoes, rapid decay in cucumbers as well as the potential for growth of food borne pathogens.

While the verdict is still out on edible coatings, if you have a choice, why would you opt to eat fruits and vegetables that have been coated in a rubbery film? Buy local when possible and don't forget to ask your server at your favorite eatery if the salad bar contains vegetables that have been plasticized. If buying local is not an option, ask your grocer if the fruits and vegetables have a coating applied. Even fresh, non-coated/non-treated vegetables that have been conventionally grown will likely be healthier for you than wilted organic veggies from across the world, coated with plasticizers to keep them looking fresh.

Food Safety Magazine published an interesting study on food recalls. The publication tallied recalls from 2015 data from three different agencies—the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS), and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The results produced some interesting and disturbing insights.

According to the report, the good citizens of Canada and the US experienced 629 food recalls in 2015. One third of the total recalls was due to common, repeat allergens - wheat, eggs, peanuts and dairy. Other allergens included soy, sulfites and various types of tree nuts—almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews and pistachios. Milk was one of the most undeclared food allergens.

Microbiological contamination was equally disturbing. In May 2015, evidence of Clostridium botulinum, a potentially lethal neurotoxin that paralyzes muscles was discovered in canned seafood. At the time, the recall was blamed on an unnamed pathogen. Fast-forward five months and 14 more canned seafood products were recalled between October 9 and November 10 -- primarily of cans of albacore tuna and salmon.

In July 2015 saw the merger of Kraft Foods Group and H.J. Heinz Company. The new company, Kraft Heinz Company had an abysmal food safety record. Barbecue sauce, Oscar Mayer turkey bacon and even their iconic Kraft slices were all subject to recall.

Even bottled water wasn't exempt. In June of that year, Niagara Bottling LLC recalled bottled water because Escherichia coli may have been present due to exposure to human or animal waste at two Pennsylvania plants. The recall affected over 14 different brands.

Contamination of fresh produce can occur at several stages across the production chain, including harvesting from the field or orchard, transporting, processing, distribution or marketing at the grocery store. The report cites seven apple recalls. All but one was due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Other recalls included Dole recalling bagged spinach in 13 states due to salmonella bacteria and in April, prepared foods that were sold at a number of major retailers, including Target and Costco were recalled because the products contained spinach potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Most cases of product recalls or food contamination incidents have fairly identifiable causes. Sometimes a product gets into the wrong package, or something gets left out of a label or the label is misrepresenting a fact. That was the case with a General Mills recall. The corporation recalled two of their most popular cereals — original Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios. The boxes were labeled as “gluten-free” but breakfast foods contained wheat.

Sometimes, it’s a mystery how the contamination occurred. Food companies in question often respond before the full scope of the contamination can be traced in order to keep exposure and bad press to a minimum. In the beginning of June 2016, General Mills issued a voluntary recall of 10 MILLION pounds of flour because of a suspected health threat risk although there was no clear evidence of cross-contamination. In that same time frame, a century-old Tennessee company, Grain Craft, announced “the intermittent presence of peanuts” in their soft red winter wheat. The FDA tested the Grain Craft mill in question and found no peanut protein, meaning the contamination happened after harvest and processing.

Grain Craft is among the largest independent flour millers in the United States. They don't sell to the public, they sell to the food processors, so the potential for numerous popular brands and food types to be affected by the cross-contamination is very real. On June 3, 2016 the first commercial food processor pulled their products that used Grain Craft's flour, Hostess recalled over 700,000 products containing the suspect flour after receiving two adverse events involving children with peanut allergies who suffered immediate allergic reactions after consuming Hostess donut products. Further testing on other shipments of flour from the same supplier as well as finished products revealed low level peanut residues. Kellogg and Pepsi Co also issued a massive recall of products that use Grain Craft flour. Grain Craft has recalled the affected flour.

On the same day of the General Mills recall, Kashi, owned by Kellogg, announced a major recall of one variety each of its granola and granola bars The bars in question contained ingredients made from sunflower kernels potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytongenes bacteria. The recall was part of an expanded recall by multi national SunOpta Corp which specializes in organic, non-genetically modified foods.

Whether the contamination occurs in the field, or on the factory floor, clearly, there is a lot of room for improvement on behalf of both the food industry and our regulators. An estimated 35 million people suffer from serious food allergies in North America and Europe. One out of six people will get sick from contaminated food every year - that's simply unacceptable.
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As a conscious consumer, be aware that Intercontinental shipping of animal and food products exposes an inherent flaw in the industrial food sector. The business model enables the spread of food borne disease in a relatively short amount of time. To make a change, start by supporting local and regional farmers. Choose fresh regional produce instead of produce commonly sold in large grocery chains where much of the produce is imported. If you eat meat, choose regionally raised, organic, grass-fed/pasture-raised beef, poultry and dairy. And be aware that while some grocery stores carry organic foods, many items are imported.