Statement on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
We believe that shoppers should always have a choice in selecting products that align with their lifestyle and budgets. As part of our ongoing efforts to meet that goal, we require that all private label product suppliers meet U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) GMO regulations. To date, the USDA, FDA and available science make no health or nutrition distinction between approved Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and non-GMO products and ingredients.
Our stores carry more than 45,000 products. This includes approximately 8,000 private label products. For instance:
- Our O Organics™ line meets USDA organic standards, which do not allow the use of GMO ingredients. We further require that all O Organics™ suppliers obtain third-party organic certification;
- Our Open Nature® line of products, which contain no preservatives or artificial flavors, already include a number of non-GMO products;
- Our stores also carry a wide array of organic produce, meat, poultry and eggs; and
- Our Lucerne brand dairy milk products are rBST free.
For our shoppers whose lifestyle and or budgetary choices do not focus on non-GMO, we continue to provide an extensive selection of conventional private label and national brand products.