The public debate on bioengineering and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is evolving and being held on different levels in different parts of the world. The focus of Ahold Delhaize and local brands is to support transparency for customers through product labeling, so that customers are aware if a product contains GMOs or not and can make their preferred choice.
Ahold Delhaize’s brands decide whether or not to include GMO products in their product assortments, and products are labeled in accordance with legislation. The assortment differs from country to country, is in line with consumer demand and supports our brands’ customers’ choice by including alternatives.
In the United States we encourage the introduction of federal regulations, including clear criteria for the labeling of GMO food products, in accordance with the Food Marketing Institute. Recently, the USDA issued a proposal for a National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, that would require food manufacturers and other entities that label foods for retail sale, to disclose information about genetically modified food and food ingredient content. The proposed rule is intended to provide a mandatory uniform national standard. Ahold Delhaize supports this approach.
Currently, none of our brands sell products derived from genetically modified animals, and we do not plan to do so in the near future.