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June 2001 Issue

What Does "GMO-Free" on Food Labels Really Mean?

Q. What exactly does the term "GMO-free" on labels mean? A. "GMO-free" is used on packaged food labels by many companies to indicate a food is free of genetically modified organisms developed through biotechnology. Itís an industry term thatís made its way into common usage, for better or for worse. But itís confusing, because a definition of the term and the way it is used on labels are not necessarily the same.

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