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US: Chipotle turns away from GM ingredients

Date: 27 Apr 2015

Chipotle GM

Chipotle Mexican Grill has become the first major US restaurant chain to say that it will only serve food that is free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The first was previously the first of its peers to label all such foods in its product range - a move which was followed by a small number of others.

It can be difficult to avoid GMOs for US restaurants due to the large number of ingredients affected. Chipotle says that only two of its main ingredients previously contained GMOs - corn and soy, and it expects no problems in achieving reliable supplies that are free from them.

The company has a track record and standing by its ethical standards on foods. At the end of last year, it announced that the failure of one of its suppliers in animal welfare standards for pigs meant that it would not be able to supply pork to all of its restaurants. This absence is thought to have directly reduced sales, but the company has been clear it will only resume full supply when pork of the required standard can be sourced.

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