Original Cheerios to go GMO-free

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Associated Press

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 11:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — General Mills says some Cheerios made without genetically modified ingredients will start appearing on shelves soon.

The company said Thursday that it has been manufacturing its original-flavor Cheerios without GMOs for the past several weeks. It did not specify exactly when those boxes would be on sale.

The change does not apply to any other Cheerios flavors such as Apple Cinnamon Cheerios.

Original Cheerios boxes will be labeled as "Not Made With Genetically Modified Ingredients." But the boxes will say that trace amounts of GMO ingredients could be present due to contamination during the manufacturing process, said Mike Siemienas, a company spokesman.

Original Cheerios are already made with non-GMO oats, but now the company says it's also using non-GMO cornstarch and sugar.

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