About GMO

GMO is short for “genetically modified organisms.” It is sometimes called genetic engineering and refers to a process where desirable traits or characteristics are introduced into an organism.

In America many farmers who grow canola, corn, soybean and sugar beet choose to use genetically modified seeds and have done so for nearly twenty years because it reduces costs and improves yields. More than 90% of these four crops in America are currently grown using genetically modified seeds. These crops are used to make a wide range of different ingredients that are used in foods we eat every day, ranging from vegetable oils to sugar.

We are comfortable using these genetically modified crops because scientists and the FDA, who have been studying genetic engineering for many years, agree that food ingredients made with these methods are safe and aren’t different from other ingredients. Click here to learn more.

We know many of you want to know which ingredients we use are derived from these crops. The following is a list of ingredients that we use that may be derived from crops grown from genetically engineered seeds. These ingredients are NOT used in all products.

  • Corn
    • Blue corn flour
    • Citric acid
    • Corn
    • Corn bran
    • Corn flour
    • Corn grits
    • Corn meal
    • Corn starch
    • Corn syrup
    • Corn syrup solids
    • Dextrose
    • High fructose corn syrup
    • Maltodextrin
    • Marshmallows
    • Modified corn starch
    • Mono & diglycerides
    • Vinegar
    • Yellow corn flour
    • Yellow corn grits
    • Yellow corn meal
  • Sugar beets
    • Sugar/Sucrose
    • Invert sugar
    • Molasses
    • Brown sugar
    • Semi-Sweet Chocolate
    • Sweet Chocolate
    • Chocolate
    • Milk Chocolate
    • White Chocolate
    • Marshmallow
    • Caramelized sugar
    • Toffee
    • Salted caramel
    • Caramel chunks
    • Caramel color
  • Soybeans
    • Hydrogenated soy
    • Hydrolyzed soy protein
    • Soy
    • Soy Fiber
    • Soy flour
    • Soy lecithin
    • Soybean oil
    • Soy protein
    • Soy protein isolate
    • Soy sauce
  • Oils & Seeds
    • Canola oil
    • Cottonseed oil
    • Flax seed


Goldfish® Crackers Made with Organic Wheat are 70% organic and made with non-GMO ingredients. Goldfish Crackers Made with Organic Wheat come in three varieties: Cheddar, Parmesan and Saltine. These products are certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). CCOF is a USDA accredited domestic and international organic certifying agency, headquartered in Santa Cruz, California.


Pepperidge Farm is committed to printing clear and simple language on the labels of our U.S. products which use ingredients derived from genetically modified crops.

We support legislation recently passed by the Senate because it’s a national solution and avoids a patchwork of different state labeling laws.

While this legislation offers a range of disclosure options for manufacturers, we will introduce an on-pack statement as we know that’s what the overwhelming majority of Americans support. We’re working on language that provides specific ingredient information and supports the science that GMOs are safe. We’ve conducted robust consumer research on a range of wording options and are working with regulatory agencies to introduce these over time.


For more information on what’s inside our food, please visit whatsinmyfood.com