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Whole Foods drops Chobani Greek-style yogurt in anti GMO effort

| | December 19, 2013
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Whole Foods says that as of early next year, its stores will no longer stock Chobani, a Greek yogurt brand founded in 2005, because its dairy cows eat feed derived from genetically modified corn.

Robin Kelly, spokeswoman for Whole Foods, says that the company had asked all of its Greek yogurt suppliers to devise new products and flavors that would distinguish what Whole Foods offers.

“We are making room for more organic and non-GM” options, she says.

Whole Foods has not said it will ban products containing genetically modified ingredients, only that it will require them to be labeled as such.

Related article:  Chobani seeks non-GMO milk for yogurt, faces supply challenge, high prices

GMO Inside, a group that advocates for the labeling of foods containing such ingredients, has been pushing Chobani to give feeds that are made from non-GM grains to the more than 78,000 cows that produce the milk it uses in its yogurt. But the company has said it cannot find enough of such feed.

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