For 28 years, Applegate has been a pioneer in sustainable meat, propelling change on important issues such as nitrates, organics, and antibiotics. That’s why we want to stay ahead of the curve on GMOs. As many of you know, we have been working diligently over the past couple of years to eliminate genetically modified ingredients from our products. We are happy to announce that as of July 2015, all of our products are free from GM ingredients.
Why is this so important to us? Like antibiotics, there is strong evidence that GMOs impact the environment and human health. More important, we know you, our customers, are concerned about them. And worry sure doesn’t taste good on a hot dog or with your chicken nuggets!
It does take time for items to cycle through the grocery store, so if you have questions on a specific purchase, please reach out to us HERE and our Customer Service team will be happy to confirm whether it is made with the new GMO-free recipe.
We realize that the issue of GMO grains in animal feed goes along with GM ingredients as an issue that many of our customers feel strongly about. We share frustration with many of you about the pervasiveness of GMOs in the food system and are working hard to remove GM feed from our natural meat supply chain.
Unfortunately, upwards of 90% of non-organic animal feed on the market contains GMOs, which means that at this time, animals in our Natural line do receive GM feed. However, we have taken steps to ensure we are part of the solution. Currently, we are working with a coalition of stakeholders across the supply chain to examine ways to increase the supply of GMO-free feed.
For customers interested in eating meat from animals fed a GMO-free diet, we’re proud to offer our Organic line. Our organic products have always been entirely free of genetically modified ingredients and feed and we often introduce new items into this line.
We assure you that GMOs are an issue we take seriously and discuss daily at Applegate. We will continue to keep you updated on our progress.
Applegate proudly supports transparency in the food industry and the right to know what’s in the food we eat. To insure this right, we advocate on Capitol Hill for mandatory GMO labeling legislation and support national labeling campaigns like Just Label It. Until we have national legislation that requires food companies to label products that contain GMOs, Applegate will continue to provide financial support and resources to state labeling initiatives such as recent efforts in Vermont, California, Washington, and Oregon.
June 18th, 2014 - Update: Removal of Ingredients Containing GMO Ingredients
November 6th, 2013 - Update: Removal of Ingredients Containing GMOs
August 29th, 2013 - Update: Removal of Ingredients Containing GMOs
June 12th, 2013 - Applegate Is Committed to Removing GMO Ingredients