English: Hugh Grant, head of Monsanto

English: Hugh Grant, head of Monsanto (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


  1. dirtydux says:

    Thank you for contacting Altria. This is an automated message to confirm receipt of your e-mail. Our staff is available to respond to your messages during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. We value your questions, comments and suggestions and will make every effort to send a reply via e-mail within two business days. However, some questions may require additional research or use of company resources and may take longer to respond.

    Altria Group, Inc.
    —– Tamra Poulin Wrote —–
    formid: 1003
    First Name: Tamra
    Last Name: Poulin
    State: OR
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    Message Body: Very upset to see your companies name on the list of Monsanto’s genetically modified foods. Me and my husband are both smokers and we have been faithfull phillip morris customers for years. Although we smoke, that does not mean we don’t care about our health, or we don’t have morals. When I see phillip morris connected to that evil monster Monsanto, I am sickened.
    I will no longer be buying any of your products and I will be sharing the information I have with all my friends and family.

  2. dirtydux says:

    general mills letter to me

    Dear Miss Poulin:

    Thank you for recent inquiry regarding General Mills′ position on the use of ingredients that have been modified through biotechnology.

    First and foremost, all food must be safe. It is not only the law, but also an issue of ultimate importance to all food manufacturers. Second, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency have all concluded that food using ingredients from biotechnologically-improved crops is completely safe and no different in any meaningful way from other food. For that reason, the FDA does not require special labeling for it. However, if food has been significantly altered in composition or nutrient content, or if biotechnology introduces allergens into food, special labeling is required. None of our products requires special labeling. Accordingly, we do not test them for the presence of this material.

    Because of the growing use of biotechnology by farmers and the way that grain gets commingled in storage and shipment, it′s certainly possible that some of our products may contain ingredients that have been improved through biotechnology. We can assure you, though, that every major regulatory agency, as well as independent scientific groups like the American Medical Association, has concluded that these ingredients are safe. For more information, you may wish to visit The Alliance for Better Foods website at http://www.betterfoods.org.

    General Mills also believes in providing consumers with a variety of food options. Toward that end, we do offer organic products that, by definition, do not use ingredients that have been improved through biotechnology. Please look for organic Gold Medal flour and a wide range of products from our Cascadian Farm and Muir Glen brands. To get more information about our organic products, please visit us at http://www.smallplanetfoods.com.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact us.


  3. dirtydux says:

    a letter from Post cereal to me.

    July 05, 2012

    Dear Tamra Poulin,

    Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your inquiry regarding genetically modified corn in Post General.

    Scientists have suggested that genetically modified agricultural products will bring great benefits to society in the future. However, while we encourage efforts designed to create societal benefits, we believe that with respect to food products, safety considerations must be given the highest priority.

    Regulatory responsibility for much of the nation’s food supply falls to the United States Food and Drug Administration. Post Foods, LLC procures for use in its products only those food ingredients considered safe by the FDA. The FDA permits the use by manufacturers of food to be sold in the United States of certain genetically modified crops. Wholesalers of corn and corn-based ingredients (e.g., corn grits) have been mingling genetically modified and traditional corn since no regulation exists which requires segregation (labeling of the use of genetically modified corn is not required at this time).

    The FDA and USDA have historically provided sound guidance to food processors regarding food safety as they protect the American food supply. As a food processor, we will be observing applicable regulations regarding use of genetically modified foods, and we will be studying what the American public seems to want in its food products in the future so we can respond to their interests.

    Thank you for your inquiry.

    Kerri Jordan
    Consumer Response Representative

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