Ben & Jerry’s Supports GMO Right-to-Know Labeling Movement
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- January 24, 2013
As the campaign to label food products made with GMO ingredients moves across
the states, including Vermont, Ben & Jerry's is proud to stand with the
growing consumer movement for transparency and the right to know what’s in our
food supply by supporting mandatory GMO labeling legislation.
Ben & Jerry's has a long history of supporting transparency and a consumer's
right to know. The ice cream maker led the fight that began in 1993 for the
right to label its products rBGH free*, and the company has stood firmly in
opposition to cloned and GMO animals, including cows and salmon.
“While a single, unified national standard would be preferred over a state by
state approach, we believe success at the state level will ultimately lead to
a national standard,” said Rob Michalak, the company’s Global Social Mission
For products sold in all markets outside of North America, Ben & Jerry’s
ingredients are sourced non-GMO. Currently in North America, 80% of
ingredients by volume are sourced non-GMO. The company acknowledges that it
still has some difficult work to do, but it plans to complete the transition
by the end of 2013.
“All of us at Ben & Jerry's are proud to stand with the growing movement of
citizens, farmers, suppliers, companies, and others, in demanding the right to
know what's in the food we eat,” added Michalak.
To learn more about Ben & Jerry’s Mission Statement or values led sourcing log
on to www.benjerry.com.
About Ben & Jerry’s
Ben & Jerry’s produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream
novelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family
farmers who do not treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH. The
company states its position on rBGH* on its labels. Ben and Jerry’s products
are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets,
grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops,
restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and
wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part
Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a
commitment to the community. Contributions made via the employee-led Ben &
Jerry’s Foundation in 2011 totaled $1.98 million. Additionally, the company
makes significant product donations to community groups and nonprofits both in
Vermont and across the nation. The purpose of Ben & Jerry’s philanthropy is to
support the founding values of the company: economic and social justice,
environmental restoration and peace through understanding, and to support our
Vermont communities. For the full scoop on all Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop
locations and fabulous flavors, visit www.benjerry.com.
* The FDA has said no significant difference has been shown and no test can
now distinguish between milk from rBGH treated cows and untreated cows. Not
all the suppliers of our other ingredients can promise that the milk they use
comes from untreated cows.
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