As ‘GMO-free’ food market booms, Nestlé sued for mislabeling products containing GMOs

Nestlé is facing a federal class-action lawsuit in Los Angeles alleging it sold products labeled as having “No GMO Ingredients” with genetically modified organisms.

The corporate parent behind such food brands as Stouffer’s frozen dinners …. is accused on designing a seal on its product packaging with the intention to trick consumers into thinking that its products were certified by the non-profit Non-GMO Project, [whose] …. Non-GMO Project seal …. is on more than 43,000 products. The suit also alleges that Nestle sold dairy from cows fed GMO grain, a violation of the non-profit’s standards for its Product Verification Program.nongmo

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Nestlé, for its part, described the allegations as “baseless” and denied that it had broken the law.

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“Our product labels that declare the absence of GMO ingredients are accurate, comply with FDA and USDA regulations and provide consumers with information to help them make informed purchasing decisions.” the company said in a statement to CBS MoneyWatch. ”

[I]nterest in products without GMOs is on the rise. According to market research firm Euromonitor, sales of GMO-free products in America are expected to hit $19.2 billion in 2022 compared with $15.5 billion in 2016, while worldwide sales are expected to rise to $37.6 billion from $31.1 billion during that same period.

Read full, original article: Nestle misled consumers about GMOs in its food products. lawsuit alleges

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