Cheerios to Go GMO-Free

Original flavor will skip genetically modified ingredients

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 2, 2014 5:10 PM CST

(Newser) – Cheerios is going old school, relatively speaking. All boxes of the original-flavor cereal will soon have this label: "Not Made With Genetically Modified Ingredients." General Mills already uses non-GMO oats for Original Cheerios, but now the company says it will use non-GMO cornstarch and sugar as well. The change doesn't apply to other Cheerios flavors, and even the Original variety will have a qualifier in the fine print: The boxes will say that trace amounts of GMO ingredients could be present because of contamination during the manufacturing process.

Boxes of General Mills Cheerios are displayed at a Little Rock, Ark., grocery store.
Boxes of General Mills Cheerios are displayed at a Little Rock, Ark., grocery store.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, file)
A box of General Mills' Cheerios.
A box of General Mills' Cheerios.   (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, file)
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