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Healthy Living on June 27, 2016 by

Our Sourced Non-GMO Pledge

Throughout our nearly 40 years of offering whole grain foods for every meal of the day, Bob’s Red Mill’s top priority has remained consistent: Maintaining a commitment to source the highest quality ingredients available. Now, we’re taking that commitment one step further with our Sourced Non-GMO Pledge.

@BobsRedMill Sourced Non GMO Pledge

Our Sourced Non-GMO Pledge means that the ingredients we source for our wholesome products have been declared by their suppliers to be made without the use of modern biotechnology. The truth is, we’ve always sourced using this practice, but now we’re making our commitment visible on Bob’s Red Mill packages so that you can purchase with confidence.

So, when you see our Sourced Non-GMO Pledge on one of our packages, you can be sure that we’ve worked with our farmers and suppliers to source ingredients that were not genetically engineered. That work includes cultivating trusted relationships over many years and requiring documentation that attests to the fact that the ingredients have not been genetically modified through the use of modern biotechnology. For assurance, we conduct audits of our suppliers annually. We also source organic ingredients whenever feasible, and by definition, foods that are Certified USDA Organic are made only with ingredients that have not been bioengineered.

From our commitment to meeting the highest food safety standards in the country, to our dedicated gluten free production, to our strict organic protocols, and now, to our Sourced Non-GMO Pledge, we are continuously striving to build and maintain your trust.

Download this pledge here.

Comments

Jenna Simms says:

Your website states that your products are GMO free, yet it does not state that on the different flour that you sell, so what about the flour?

Jon says:

I do not see this Sourced non-GMO pledge logo on the corn grits package I purchased this week. Does this mean they are not certified non-GMO? I love and use many of your products, I have read your pledge, and this is not consistent with your policy. Am I overlooking something? Thanks for your attention to this.
Peace

Our sourced non-GMO logo has just started being added to products. Yes, they are non-GMO, but we have not yet gotten it onto all of our packages.

Joe says:

Why do you use both your own Sourced Non-GM label and the Non-GMO Project verified label? The Non-GMO Project is an independent, third party standard (which they give access to on their web site) and verification process that I understand is only a couple of hundred dollars to go through per supplier. Are your other products not able to meet the Non-GMO Project standard and is that why you are using this other seal. Have you published your standard? My understanding is that vendor declarations are highly unreliable and that companies that mean well but don’t use best practices can easily become contaminated. It seems that you are settling for a lower level of rigor with your new seal. Am I missing something here? Why shouldn’t I be nervous about your use of an internal seal without any outside verification?

Hi Joe,

Thank you for your questions. Both symbols are in use during the overlap period of our complete transition to the use of our own Sourced Non-GMO Pledge symbol. We applaud the tremendous, pioneering efforts of the Non-GMO Project. All of our products are eligible for participation in the Non-GMO project but we’ve opted to tailor our own program, which will better suit our long-standing partnerships of trust with our suppliers.

Cynthia says:

I HAVE LOVED YOUR POLENTA (GRITS), FOR A VERY LONG TIME. I AM EXTREMELY HAPPY TO FIND THAT THEY ARE NOT GENETICALLY MODIFIED. THANK YOU AND KEEP UP THE EXCELLENT WORK!!!!

Randall Wall says:

Are your red lentils non gmo??

Yes, all of our products are sourced non-GMO.

Kirsten says:

“Sourced” non gmo sounds like you try but it’s not guaranteed.
The Bob red mills products at my grocery store (in canada) do not say non gmo, are all bobs red mills products non gmo? And if they are why doesn’t it say non gmo?

We are working to add the sourced nonGMO claim to our labels, but it takes time. I assure you, we take this pledge very seriously here.

Jan says:

I want to make sure that your raw pumkin seed are originated at BRM, not China, all the raw pumkin seeds I have found lately are from China….I do not want to eat anything from China!

Thank you. Our pumpkin seeds come from Oregon, not China.

Carolyn Mueller says:

Was going to buy Freekah on Amazon, however, it does not state gmo on the package. Also, my recipe calls for it to be green wheat. Does that mean it hasn’t been roasted

Green wheat simply means that it is young wheat. Freekeh has been roasted, but I haven’t ever seen another green wheat option on the market and I would recommend using freekeh. It has a lovely flavor that would complement nearly any recipe. Our packaging is only just now starting to reflect the sourced non-GMO pledge, but, rest assured, all of our products are sourced non-GMO. Our freekeh is also organic, which, by definition, means it’s also non-GMO.

Ebonie Blackforest says:

Thank you. Thank you for sourcing, thank you for taking the time to deepen those important relationships. Thank you for being something easily available to the lowest denominator, the poor. Thank you for the wide range of products that you provide to the consumers. Thank you.

BEEEE says:

I don’t trust it. There is no GMO pledge on my package nor GMO verified label and all I know is how this Rice Farina makes me feel and look like the Pilsbury Dough Man and that I am not happy about so this will get ditched

Alice Redomske says:

Are there glyphosate used on your products? Can you guarantee gmo free for all your products? Are the fields beside GMO fields?

Alice,

You can read our policy on Glypohsate here: http://www.bobsredmill.com/blog/?s=glyphosate. You’ve read our pledge to source only non-GMO ingredients. Beyond that, there is not much else I can tell you. You’ve highlighted one of the biggest issues with bringing non-GMO products to consumers. It’s impossible to prevent pollen drift and other natural factors that can cause non-GMO crops to cross over with GMO crops. We work closely with our suppliers and do everything in our power to ensure that all of our ingredients are sourced non-GMO. If glyphosate and GMOs are a large concern for you, and it sounds like they are, we encourage you to choose organic products, which are inherently non-GMO and ban the use of glyphosate.

Marie Meyer says:

I see that BMR carries medium ground corn. I have never seen fine ground. Do you currently make fine ground and if so, where can I find it. I have never seen it at any of the stores I shop at that carries your products. Also, do you sell in bulk? If so, where can I go to order in bulk?

Marie,
Yes, we do sell a fine grind cornmeal. You may not be able to buy it locally, but can get it on our site. We do sell it in 25 lb bags, as well, on our site. http://www.bobsredmill.com/fine-grind-cornmeal.html We also sell corn flour on our site that is even more finely ground: http://www.bobsredmill.com/corn-flour.html

Elba viera says:

Do you sell pre cooked corn meal that’s non gmo?

No, I’m sorry, we do not sell any pre-cooked items. All of our products are non-GMO, though.

cassie scott says:

I want to purchase your corn meal, but will feel more secure if you can put your non-gmo pledge on the package.

Thank you.

I run a company called Wheat and Fire Pizza Catering we have used non gmo grains for years in baking and we also fresh grind our flour for our pizza catering division. I can say with my 30 years of experience using fresh ground wheat berries in mobile pizza catering and the artisan food movement that ancient grains are not that much of an issue. All wheat in America is non GMO already(unless seeds transfer naturally from Monsanto test fields). The hyperbole about ancient grains and the modifications to the wheat berry size and production is minimal on our health (as long as it is a non GMO seed). Fresh grinding the wheat is the biggest issue with this phase of the processing. Manufactured wheat products will have removed parts of the wheat berry we see intact with our fresh flour grinding (endosperm, wheat bran, yeast, oils, wheat germ, etc). Removed during processing for shelf stability these parts of the wheat berry help with digestion and nutrition. However, there improvements to diet and gut health is dwarfed by the impact of no longer using natural yeast and fermentation of the dough. Removing natural yeast and allowing it to condition the dough and form a culture in the dough is the single reason we have the wheat allergy issues we see now. The rise of wonderbread is in direct proportion to the rise of celiacs ….

Thank you, Anthony. To be clear, our whole grain products have nothing removed and we would not want our consumers to believe that we are secretly removing parts of the grain.

Tom says:

Thanks for labeling non GMO.
I think that it is very important to inform people a little at a time.
Can you please put a paragraph about why we don’t like GMO,s.
Even if you are not creeped out by the DNA manipulation. I feel there is a
even more obvious reason to reject and refuse GMO’s.
The plants are designed to not be affected by toxic herbicides and pesticides.
So they can be crop dusted with MONSANTO’S ROUND UP herbicide.
When you ingest powerful chemicals like herbicides they kill your beneficial
digestive bacteria. This is why many illnesses are now widespread epidemics.
Your digestive health is the foundation of your immune system and whole body
and mental heath as well.
This is just the tip of the ice burg about GMO’S.
New studies are coming out that prove GMO’S crop yields are not higher than non GMO. We do not need them. Vote at the cash register and don’t buy them.
And do you homework, save your loved ones future health.

steve posavatz says:

I salute you on your non-GMO pledge. Of equal concern to me is not eating grain that has been sprayed with glyphosate as a desiccant before harvest. I grow soft white, emmer and rye, but buy your spelt, kamut, barley, millet and buckwheat. When organic is not an option I would like the assurance that your products are low in pesticide/herbicide residue.

Amy says:

I, too, love Bob’s Red Mill products and we use them frequently in our kitchen. I’ve read in the comments here that you’ve chosen to use your own Non-GMO Pledge symbol simply because your longstanding growers are more comfortable with that.

QUOTE: All of our products are eligible for participation in the Non-GMO project but we’ve opted to tailor our own program, which will better suit our long-standing partnerships of trust with our suppliers.

What about the respect of your customers? To have your own certification program/pledge seems similar to Monsanto providing the FDA with their own research to try to prove GMOs are safe to eat.

What kind of testing do you perform on your products? Or do you simply take the word of your growers? Can you guarantee they are non-GMO? I, and I’m pretty sure MANY OTHERS, are a bit uncomfortable with a company providing their own certification for their own products. It seems to be a conflict of interest.

Independent testing IS needed and if you say your products are all eligible for Non-GMO Project verification, why not do it?

laura says:

I very much agree with this.

Mrs. D. says:

I too agree with you:

As I have looked long and hard through their web site and I find it sad that I can not find that their CORN AND OR CORN MEAL are in fact a GMO product.

IT IS CLEARLY MARKETED “WITHOUT” THEIR NON GMO PLEDGE DECAL. SO THEREFORE IT MUST BE SOURCED GMO CORN.

Red Mills has cleverly hid the GMO status by convoluting the facts with their wholesome and good for you advertising babble. (They cleverly fail to mention that it’s a GMO product.) It forces a customer to extrapolate from what “wasn’t said” and the “lack of their pledge seal”, to figure this out.

Monsanto gave us Agent Orange and said it was ok, Tell that to the millions of Vets like my Father who are dying because of Monsanto’s deception.

Monsanto engineered GMO’s were introduced to allow greater use of Agent Orange type of herbicides and pesticides. Studies have shown that GMO’s can cause tumors cancers and even DNA/RNA changes in animal studies long term. FYI, Monsanto was just sold to Bayer and can no longer be sued in the USA or held responsible for the patented GMO’s they have developed. Almost 100% of soy bean products in the USA come from GMO and over 80% of the corn.

These are both feed to cattle, that we eat as meat and then it’s DNA/RNA is damaged and is consumed by us humans. Possibly damaging our DNA !! I called the Manufacture of Mozilla Corn oil and they confirmed that all their corn oil is from GMO Corn ! I wondered why I had stomach cramps from eating fried foods using Mozilla. So I did a test, I used Organic non GMO oil and the stomach cramps stopped, then i later tried the Mozilla again and the cramps came back. We now use only NON GMO Coconut Oil or Avocado Oil to fry with and Non GMO olive oil. Try this yourselves. You will see and feel a difference.

(IMHAO ) Bobs Red Mills appear’s to be APPLYING AND USING DECEPTIVE PRACTICES, only leads “ME” to believe that this COMPANY IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED NOR ARE their PRODUCTS. Why do they taint their good name with this BIG BUSINESS morality? Its all about the dollar and not the customer or our families long term health.

We are so concerned about GMO that our new baby only gets truly NON GMO foods. But Red Mills is clearly applying deceptive practices to make $$$$ and are selling out my baby’s health and maybe her life time health. That to me, is unforgivable.

Mrs . D
Seattle Wa,

Thank you for sharing your concerns with us regarding our sourced Non-GMO pledge. This seal does not appear on our packaging simply because it has not been rolled out to all of our products yet. As packaging is reordered, the pledge is being added. We have no intention of being deceptive or trying to make money.

Kim H says:

I also agree that for a company to do its own certification is a conflict of interest. I completely trusted Bob’s Red Mill when Bob owned it, so I would have trusted a pledge unconditionally at that time. I understand Bob sold the company to his employees, and I’m not sure what that means in terms of trust. When large food conglomerates buy small, independent, often organic companies, I lose trust in the purity of the product. I would feel much better to see the Non GMO Project Verified label on Bob’s Red Mill products that are not labeled organic.
I am happy to buy organic, and grateful for Bob’s Red Mill organic gluten-free flours. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to by organic gluten-free rolled oats. Due to my concerns about glyphosate, and noticing that my Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oats are not labeled organic, I recently found a source of organic gluten-free oats. I decided to pay extra to buy those over the Internet (not available in local stores), but unfortunately, they tasted terrible! Who knew oats could taste not like oats? So now I feel lost, with no source of clean, safe oats. Unless Bob’s Red Mill can persuade me to trust their pledge.

We completely understand your concerns, however Bob is still the President and CEO of our company. He is here at the mill everyday working with the rest of us. You can definitely trust our products. We also have gluten free organic oats and you can purchase them from our website if you can’t fine them locally. If you have any questions about the quality of our products, we are happy to help you any way we can.

Kim H says:

Thank you, Sarena! I am thrilled to hear you offer gluten-free organic oats. Also, my doctor assured me that any oats are extremely unlikely to be sprayed with glyphosate. You have made me feel even better about it. Thank you for sharing that Bob is at the mill every day. That gives me a warm and happy feeling about the company.

You’re welcome! Please let us know if you have any questions about our products. We are always here to help. Thank you for trusting us with your health.

Alison cooper says:

How does my cornbread mix have bugs in it unopened?

Oh no! I am so sorry to hear this. Are you able to call us at 800-349-2173 so we can make it right?

Jo Ann Wheatley says:

Just bought BRM’s yellow corn grits/polenta. Re: polenta feeding Roman Legions -how possible as corn is a “new world” plant that originated in S Am long before Columbus’ voyages?

Polenta fed the Roman Legions, but it was not made from corn. Polenta can be made from any number of grains, and with the ancient Romans, I would guess it was probably barley or wheat. It’s a confusing statement, that’s for sure, and I’ll pass along your comments to our labeling team.

Thomas Brennan says:

I farm organic crops in Nebraska and to get certified organic you most leave or harvest for livestock boarders on your fields as not get cross pollination. Some are natural , like road ways or tree claims etc.

Thomas Brennan says:

Would like to grow organic crops for Bobs Red Mill!

I have been purchasing your organic ground flaxseed meal. Its does not have your ngmo sticker.. Only gluten free and usda organic..

Why is that?.. I have checked the package through and through

I purchased the product from iherb.com.. Best by dd/mm/yyyy
06/07/2017
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Bar code 3997801937
Please clarify as integrity is the order of the day
Much appreciated.

Thank you! We haven’t rolled out the symbol to all of our packaging yet. That is all. Our flax is sourced non-GMO, like all of our products.

eveligi says:

I am slowly making the transition to organic/non gmo and dragging my husband along kicking and screaming. Bob’s Red Mill has been a great way to start, it’s easily available, economically feasible and just reading this page has taught me so much more! So thank you BRM, and thank you to the seasoned and experienced fellow organics who are asking the important questions a novice would never have known to ask!

fabrice says:

Hello Bobs red mill,

Do you have an outlet in France or a retailer in Western europe somewhere near for me?

Regards,

Please email our customer service team at customerservice@bobsredmill.com to get this information.

Jan D says:

I buy your flour to make bread for my family, and do NOT want to use any GMO flours. If I understand your Non-GMO pledge correctly, all of your flours (and other products) are not genetically modified, even if the package does not signify it yet.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your pledge and ongoing commitment to reject GMO products!!

I just visited the ‘find a store’ link and was pleased to find that your products could be found locally here (in mine) at the Shaw’s and Hannaford stores. Thanks!

JC Miller says:

I’m trying to find a good source of non GMO cornmeal but couldn’t find the non GMO label on your pkgs of cornmeal. Why???

It’s taking us quite a bit longer to roll this out to all of our product packages than we originally thought. We will be adding it, though.

Mary says:

Is your TVP non-GMO?

Yes, it is made from soy that has been sourced as non-GMO.

Karen Wilkinson says:

Are your gluten free flours non gmo-sorghum, millet, tapioca, potato? Also is your Xanthan Gum gmo free and free from msg? Thank you!

Yes, all of our products adhere to our pledge. Our xanthan gum also adheres to this pledge. From what I can tell, there may be naturally occurring msg in xanthan gum, but I don’t have information about how much it might have. Please email us at customerservice@bobsredmill.com for more info.

gregory kingsbury, D.C. says:

Hello:

Would like to make certain that you gluten free oatmeal products are all GMO free as the label on the packaging doesn’t state that.

Thank you

Yes, our oatmeal products are non-GMO. All of our products are non-GMO.

Mikelyn Dooley says:

Is your yellow popcorn non-GMO? I’m looking at the package, and it says everything else! It doesn’t say it’s non-GMO though

Yes, it is non-GMO.

Lida says:

I use your almond flour regularly in baking. Will you ever have organic almond flour? I’m concerned about the pesticide use in almond crops. Thanks very much in advance for your reply.

Thank you, Lida. I’m not sure if we will ever offer organic almond flour, but I’ll pass along your request.

Carol Streimikes says:

What about hybridization? Have the wheats you use been hybrid with other wheats or grains to achieve a particular result such as fluffier seed heads or uniform stalk height?

Pledges are great but they don’t always state facts clearly, especially if they are run through the Marketing Department!

Here at Bob’s Red Mill, we have had a commitment to purchase only non-GMO products since 1999. We have taken the pledge to be Sourced Non-GMO, which means all of our products are made from ingredients that were grown from identity-preserved, non-GMO seed.

Kinouchi says:

Hello,

I’m considering buying your pancake&waffle mixes, but is the cornstarch in your baking powder non-GMO?

Yes, the baking powder we use is sourced non-GMO. That includes all of its components.

Kalina Knight says:

I am thankful for this pledge and so thankful for your products! I buy a lot of your pancake mix and gluten free flour at Harris tester, and online! And I’m so pleased! Praise God for companies like yours!!

Thank you for your kind words.

Kate says:

Hello, I want to first thank you for making the effort to remain gmo-free and labeling your products as such. Based on the questions I have read above, all of your products are gmo-free. It may seem redundant, but I wanted to make sure that your salt, baking powder, and baking soda are all also gmo-free? Thank you for your time!

Yes, all of our products are non-GMO.

Monica says:

Hello. I read that your oats are NON GMO, but are their pesticides sprayed onto the oats? Perhaps the use of RoundUp is NOT being used or IS IT? Just curious…. please answer honestly 🙂

The difference between conventional and certified Organic products is simply the growing practices each entity is required by law to follow. Typically, conventional farmers are allowed to use a wider variety of chemicals on their crops, whereas Organic farmers are allowed to use far less chemicals, if any, on theirs.

Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, Inc. is a miller of grains, beans and seeds. We also prepare mixes of grain based items as well as baking ingredients. Lastly we are a packager of these various food items. Bob’s does not directly control the way grains, beans and seeds are grown by the farmer. For that reason we cannot say how each crop is grown and treated before or after harvest.

However, the farmers from whom we source our raw ingredients are expected to use the Best Agricultural Practices in the performance of that objective. Fertilizers and pesticides, if used, must be applied as the product label dictates or the farmer could be in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Farmers simply cannot use inappropriate chemicals or chemicals at the wrong concentration because they have a lot at stake, legally and financially.

For customers who wish to eliminate the concern of chemicals in their food stream, the USDA has adopted and enforced a code of rules, the National Organic Program, which addresses the use or prohibition of chemicals for growing, processing and handling food deemed and marketed as organically processed. Bob’s Red Mill adheres to the National Organic Program standards in the production of its own organic product line. Synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides would not be allowable for use on organic crops at any stage in the production process.

Christine says:

Hi!

My Bob’ Mill polenta from Whole Foods is not organic and does not jave this seal. It also just says corn as the ingredient. Is it GMO?

Christine says:

Sorry just read the comments! Glad everything is non GMO – even though it is not labeled!

Yes, all of our products- organic or otherwise, adhere to this pledge.

Terrin says:

Is your SWEET rice flour non GMO?

Yes, all of our products adhere to the pledge above.

Craig says:

I’m currently using your oat flour as a dietary choice and I’m wondering if your suppliers use chlorpyrifos AKA Roundup to harvest the grain easier as most farmers I have been told do.

At the heart of Bob’s Red Mill is our mission to make the world a better place with healthy, whole grain foods. That commitment begins with our careful selection of suppliers and farming partners who are dedicated to providing ingredients that are handled with utmost care to ensure unwavering safety and quality for all. Our partners operate under strict oversight by the USDA and use Good Agricultural Practices.

Recently, customers have contacted us with concerns about our delicious, whole grain oats and the use of glyphosate in the cultivation of oats. Glyphosate is a farming aid used for weed control and crop desiccation, which is approved by the USDA for use in non-organically grown agriculture. We are proud to state that Bob’s Red Mill partners with an oat supplier who is actively committed to eliminating the presence of glyphosate. While this objective will take time to achieve, together, we will reach that goal. In the meantime, customers who wish to abstain from crops on which glyphosate has been applied may choose from our extensive line of certified organic oat products, for which the use of glyphosate is strictly prohibited by the USDA’s National Organic Program. We encourage consumers to join us in eliminating the use of glyphosate by contacting the USDA and voicing their concerns.

Brian Sexton says:

Who do you source your oats from? Are your oats sprayed with Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate? “Richardson Milling Supports Roundup Contaminated Oats; Grain Millers Phases Them Out” Is this why you cannot Organically certify your oats?

“While there are no genetically modified oats on the marketplace today, non-organic oats might as well be labeled Roundup Ready (RR). This is because it is common practice to spray them with Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate, putting them in the same category of glyphosate contaminated crops which includes RR GM soy, corn and canola.

Why must oats be sprayed? Known as pre-harvest desiccation, glyphosate is sprayed on oat crops right before their harvest, ostensibly to increase product uniformity and yield, and to save time in harvesting.”

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/non-gmo-cheerios-oats-still-sprayed-roundup-supplier-announces-1

Our oats come from the US and Canada. We do offer an organic variety as well as the conventional.

Chris Cacciatore says:

I’ll start out by saying, I love your products & use several on a regular basis. My question is regarding the pea protein. I’ve noticed several other companies use peas sourced from China. Where do you source your peas from?

Great question. It comes from the US, Canada, Germany and France.

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