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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Washington (AFP) – Cheerios will be made without any genetically modified ingredients in the United States, producer General Mills announced, answering growing consumer concerns about the issue.

The popular breakfast cereal is already made in Europe without GMO (genetically modified organism) content, and the company said late Thursday that Original Cheerios had only contained a small bit of cornstarch from GMO corn.

But that is being eliminated “because we think consumers may embrace it,” General Mills spokesman Tom Forsythe said in a statement.

“Original Cheerios has always been with whole grain oats, and there are no GMO oats,” he said.

“We do use a small amount of cornstarch in cooking, and just one gram of sugar per serving for taste. And now, that cornstarch comes only from non-GM corn, and our sugar is only non-GM pure cane sugar.”

He said that from this week the Original Cheerios box will state “not made with genetically modified ingredients”.

The company has always made Cheerios in Europe without any GMO content, amid tighter regulations and greater consumer opposition to GMO foods there.

General Mills insisted that GMO foods are safe, with genetically modified seeds widely approved by health authorities.

It said its other cereal brands, which include Wheaties, Trix, Kix, Chex and Lucky Charms, will continue to include GMO content.

“The widespread use of GM seed in crops such as corn, soy, or beet sugar would make reliably moving to non-GM ingredients difficult, if not impossible,” the company said.

Its “organic”-labeled cereals do not have GM content, it added.

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  • Sand_Cat

    Do the Democrats have the stones and tenacity to use this? I doubt it. If Christie were a Democrat, the impeachment proceedings would probably be starting or underway already, or at least the GOP members of the legislature would be doing their utmost in that area.

  • daniel bostdorf

    Who benefits?

    • CooofNJ

      It’s not about benefits. It’s about payback. If you can maintain plausible deniability (which The Record has been ferocious about not permitting) then the local leaders (e.g., mayors of Fort Lee and Jersey City) get flack from constituents about not managing their cities properly. The buck passes to the local leader in that case, and you get to gleefully sit back and ask if it’s wrong to be smiling….

      • daniel bostdorf

        very cool reply CooofNJ…payback…

  • daniel bostdorf

    The mask of saniiy has been lifted. The moderate GOP go to guy is exposed.
    But how was this done? Who benefitted?
    Extreme GOP/Teaparty.
    Dirty tricks? set up?

    ““The latest news in Chris Christie’s bridge scandal indicates political retribution and raises a host of new questions,” Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a press release. ”What is crystal clear is that the governor’s office ordered lane closures that were intended to make first responders experience delays, kids sit gridlocked on the first day of school, and commuters hit log jams, to punish the Democratic mayor who didn’t endorse Chris Christie’s re-election bid.”

    OR! Nixon tried to blame his staff for Watergate but look where that got him!

  • kimbroughs

    What matters most in this situation is people entrusted to maintain the city are undermining progression. This is something that Republicans are known for doing. l They implemented a government shutdown in defiance of Obama. They lowered the US credit rating in defiance of Obama. It is no secret that republicans are willing to suffer American to advance their political agenda.

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Listening to comments made by Christie, I have to wonder if his indignation is more at his aides who perpetrated the situation, or that they were found out by the press as having done so? In either case, some House Cleaning will be needed along with apologies to a significant number of commuters, long haul drivers and others inconvenienced by this. When you consider it would have been faster for some folks to take the Goethals Bridge to Staten Island, the Verrazano Narrows to Brooklyn, then either a bridge or tunnel into Manhattan than taking the GWB, that is totally idiotic. I actually had to take a variant of that once due to traffic, only instead of going to Manhattan, I ended up on the Throg’s Neck back to the Bronx so I could return to Connecticut.

  • latebloomingrandma

    His usual sarcastic retorting and put downs has come back to bite him in the butt. This is a good time to really look at this guy and see if we want him leading and representing our country. If he has to fire his entire inner circle, who does he get next? If they were all in on this, what does this say about the governor, that they thought this was a cute tactic to try? Just what we need, another Nixon type dirty trickster, Talk about amateur hour.

    • daniel bostdorf

      as CooofNJ says: “payback”

    • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

      Why would David Wildstein, Christie’s friend since High School do something as potentially damaging to his long time friend the Governor? Why would Bridget Ann Kelly, a senior staffer to the governor, take it upon herself to initiate such a dangerous course of action? They did not have to clear such an order? I am having problems believing that Christie was not aware of any of this until yesterday.

  • Mark Forsyth

    If ever there were doubt whether or not Christie is a snake,then this expose’ should remove it. A moderate republican,my foot! No matter how fat and cuddly he may seem to be and no matter how many times he sheds his skin he is still a snake.Christie is as vindictive as a little girl and is damn near as petulant as Kim in North Korea.His level of honesty is on a par with Nixon and GWB.
    Republicans should be banned from the Whitehouse for the next thirty years.It likely will take that long to purge themselves entirely of Tbagger influence.

  • daniel bostdorf
  • brickman

    Why is Bridget Ann Kelly still on the payroll? I’m a Christie supporter but here in NJ, you don’t politicize someone’s commute.

  • cissy969

    A man died in the ambulance waiting to get to the hospital…Tell his family why…Even if he didn’t make it if the road was not blocked.We will never know and that’s sad