This page describes
what measures, including analytical testing, that Lumen Foods
has gone through to ensure that those products that are marked
"Non-GMO," are truly free of genetically-modified food ingredients.
Report of Analysis - Stonewall's Mild Sample
- Examining Source Materials: There are many food
ingredients for which there is no agricultural biotechnology
applied (i.e. no "genetic engineering" for which a transgenic
breed has been produced.) Ingredients used by Lumen Foods
that falls into this category include: virtually all spices
and culinary herbs (onion, garlic, ginger, allspice, corriander,
paprika, sage, oregano, etc.); sugar cane derivatives (including
brown sugar); acidulents and preservatives (i.e. citric acid,
potassium sorbate); dehydrated vegetables; and, of course, salt.
Ingredients used by Lumen Foods that require monitoring because
there are GM sources include: soy flours, vegetable oil,
soy sauce, yeasts and their derivatives.
- Non-GMO Certification: Lumen Foods has, on file
for inspection at its offices, certification from those key
suppliers who provide products for which GM sources are known
to exist, indicating that the stock Lumen Foods is purchasing
- Our Own Analytical Testing: Lumen Foods has had its
own finished products tested, using the Eliza method, to ensure
that our non-GMO designated products are, in fact, non-GMO.
The analytical tests below come from
Laboratory, LLC in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, (whose name
has recently been changed to GeneScan USA; website:
www.gmotesting.com), discusses their analytical methodologies
Report of Analysis - Unfinished Product
Sample Test 2 - Stonewall / Heartline / Cajun Jerky Base
Analysis - Our source for
soy flour, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM); March, 2000.
Before identifying products,
we feel it is important to note that Lumen Foods services
a broad spectrum of accounts, from state prison systems, to the
health foods industry. We have a separate page that discusses
our company's position on the debate, but
suffice to say that not every product we make is made from
completely Non-GMO ingredients. However, one market in particular,
the natural, or health foods trade is very sensitive to
this issue. (We learned that the hard way.) We respect that there
are many earnest people who are genuinely concerned about
the safety of their food as it relates to GMO ingredients.
It became clear to us in the course of the debate that it was
important that we convert to Non-GMO ingredients to serve the
interests of these consumers. This we have done. Therefore,
in the interest of clarity, the following Lumen Foods products
are non-GMO and are so marked, either on the PDP (principal
display panel) or on the chipboard display from which the
product(s) is/are purchased, as of March 25, 2000:
Which Products Are Non-GMO?
- All specially marked cases of Heartline
Meatless Meats, Cajun Jerky, and Stonewall's Jerquee -- and
virtually all products supplied to our network
of health food retailers, co-ops, and wholesale distributors.
- Any of the preceeding brands, when specifically requested by
a retailer or reseller in any of our markets.
- All private label accounts which target the health foods trade,
including all Spice of Life,
Goldberg Meatless Meats, and Cary Brown Vegan
- Virtually all the non-GMO textured product now available
and marked as such on our