The brand Abbot recently announced its plans to sell a GMO-free baby formula at Target called Similac Advance. This will be the first mainstream formula without any GMOs in its ingredient list. Such an announcement is no doubt cause for huge celebration, as it is a sign activists’ efforts are paying off!
At present, Similac is one of the biggest sellers of baby formula in the United States. Planning to create a GMO-free formula, no doubt other companies will be inspired to follow suit and compete for their place in the market as well.
According to the New York Times, Similac’s parent company Abbot said it would first offer a “non-G.M.O.” version of Similac Sensitive. If sales go well, then the company may even offer other formulas free of genetically modified ingredients in the future.
Chris Calamari, general manager of Abbott’s pediatric nutrition business, commented:
“We listen to moms and dads, and they’ve told us they want a non-G.M.O. option. We want to make sure we meet the desires of parents.”
And parents should be concerned about the quality of their baby’s formula, as a recent study found Monsanto’s GMO corn to be in baby formula in Portland, Oregon. The brands Enfamil and Gerber (parent company Nestle) also make formulas containing GMOs.
If you believe quality matters, you can find a short list of GMO-containing baby formulas to avoid by clicking here.
In conclusion, although breastfeeding will always be best, at least more companies are striving to meet consumer demands by putting a GMO-free formula on the market.
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