In January 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed Danone’s position statement on GMOs, dated August 2014, available to download from the company’s website www.danone.com. The company stated:
“In the European Union, a consensus has been reached and translated into regulation, putting a very low limit above which GMO ingredients must be declared, enabling consumer choice. As we made it possible through our ambition to diversify our sourcing practices, we have chosen to fulfill the spirit of this regulation and to use only direct ingredients of conventional (Non-GMO) origin: in Europe, Danone requires its suppliers to certify that they respect this conventional traceability and guarantees the non GMO origin of the ingredients used. As a result none of our products carry a GMO label."
"In the USA, where much of the agricultural supply of our industry relies on a limited number of species, mostly GMOs, we are striving for more diversified approach for both ingredients and for cow feed so that key issues like farmers’ independence, biodiversity, soil preservation and carbon sequestration, water usage and fossil energy efficiency may potentially be better addressed in the long term. The Dannon company, Inc. (“Dannon”) in the USA has decided to declare on labels the presence of GMO ingredients in its products by December 2017. Additionally, Dannon will evolve all products from the 3 flagship brands Dannon, Oikos and Danimals towards the use of fewer ingredients that are all more natural and non-GMO, starting July 2016. As most of the cattle feed in the USA is genetically modified today, and since Dannon’s direct sourcing enables cooperation with farmers on experimenting and innovating in the upstream supply chain, Dannon is working with cow feed suppliers and its farmer partners to start planting non-GMO feed commodities as soon as possible to fulfill its needs. Once those alternative solutions are implemented, the products from the three brand families will contain milk from cows entirely fed with non-GMO feed no later than the end of 2018.”
As the company’s products used milk derived from cows fed on GM animal feed the company lost a mark under the Controversial Technologies category.
Danone position statement on GMOs (8 January 2020)