The Institute sent a number of cereals for testing and it was found that numerous “natural” products were indeed contaminated with high levels of GE ingredients, sometimes as high as 100%. These cereals include Kashi GoLean, Mother’s Bumpers, Nutritious Living Hi-Lo, and General Mills Kix.
These products all claim to be “natural” products, and advertise themselves as “non- GMO”, which quite clearly is not the case.
More disturbing is that two cereals, Barbara’s Bakery Puffins and Whole Foods’ 365 Corn Flakes,which are enrolled in the Non-GMO project, tested positive for more than 50% of genetically modified corn. Consumers who rely on the Non-GMO verification process may be lulled in a false sense of security.
The Cornucopia Institute has developed a consumer cereal score card, which acts as a guide to consumers concerned about cereal: http://cornucopia.org/cereal-scorecard/ingredients.
In the United States federal law requires organic food products to be manufactured while promoting ecological sustainability, without toxic ingredients including genetically modified ingredients pervasive in the conventional food system.