Why is all Morinaga Silken Tofu made exclusively with Non-GMO soybeans and undergoing verification by the Non-GMO Project?
A GMO is a genetically modified organism (also called "genetically engineered"): a plant, animal, or micro-organism that has been engineered with DNA from other animals, plants, bacteria, or viruses. GMOs are developed through gene-splicing by biotechnologists and can cross natural species barriers, such as salmon with growth hormones and genes from other fish, or even fish genes in tomato. Some crops, including soybeans, are engineered to withstand heavy doses of herbicide meant to kill weeds and implanted with genes to resist insects or pathogens.
GMOs have been developed in hopes that their features will improve our food and increase yields to feed a growing population. However, neither the FDA, the Department of Agriculture (USDA), nor the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has done any long-term testing of the impact of GMOs on human health and the environment. It could take years for the effects of GMOs to become clear and many experts are concerned they may have unforeseen risks, such as insect resistance or the liberal spraying of herbicide-resistant GMOs leading to more pesticide in food. Furthermore, GM crops can be patented in the US, allowing corporations to require they be repurchased each year and take legal action against even accidental unauthorized hybrids. This disrupts traditional sustainable systems of seed-saving and farmer-participatory breeding, and makes them a crippling expense for third-world farmers. GMO foods are currently banned or restricted in nearly 50 countries, but GMOs have been in the US food system since 1996 and require no label. Right now over 90% of US-grown soy is GMO.
Like many of you, Morinaga is concerned about GMOs. That's why every package of Morinaga Silken Tofu is made only with Non-GMO soybeans.
We believe everyone deserves the choice to select non-GM foods, so if GMOs are not labeled, we think proven non-GMO options should be! For this reason we have partnered with the Non-GMO Project, North America's only independent verification for products made according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance. Our verified products have been produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project's rigorous standards, including ongoing testing of all at-risk ingredients, facility inspections, and an annual audit to ensure the highest standard of GMO avoidance. (Look here for more information on what's behind Non-GMO Project's Verification Mark!).
As of December 2013, ALL Morinaga Silken Tofu products are Non-GMO Project Verified! Soon they will display the Verification Mark on the package.
Our choice to use exclusively Non-GMO soy and acquire verification from the Non-GMO Project is only a part of Morinaga's commitment to bringing you the freshest, purest, and safest foods possible and guarantee your complete satisfaction. It's our promise to you, your health, and the environment.
All Morinaga products are certified Kosher by the "Kosher Supervision of America" and carry the KSA mark on the front of the box. We participate in annual audits to maintain our Kosher status.
Our KSA certification does not apply to Passover use.
For more information on Kosher and KSA:
Kosher Supervision of America
"Gluten-free" has become a hot food buzzword lately-- and for good reason! In the US it is estimated there are as many as 3 million people living with Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that impacts digestion and nutrient absorption and can lead to complications like diabetes, intestinal cancer, and neurological problems. It cannot be cured, only managed with a lifelong gluten-free diet. Additionally, many people live with what many experts consider gluten intolerance, experiencing unpleasant symptoms when gluten is consumed even when criteria for Celiac Disease are not met. With so many people in need of reliable gluten-free products, it's no wonder it has become such an important topic!
Luckily, soy is a naturally gluten-free ingredient! However, gluten contamination is a concern in a food system where various grains are often grown and stored in close conditions and factories produce multiple products in the same facilities on shared equipment. For this reason, the soybeans and all additional ingredients in our tofu are certified gluten-free. Additionally, our factory has a strict allergen control policy. In fact, we do not manufacture any products using gluten-containing ingredients at all!
The end result is that Morinaga tofu tests at less than 5 parts per million (ppm) gluten, the lowest possible test score by today's measurements. This more than qualifies us for the FDA's <20ppm standard for gluten-free, as well as the <10ppm limit for certification by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO). We participate in regular audits to ensure our anti-gluten contamination policies remain consistent and sound.
Next time you pick up a package of Morinaga tofu, look for the "Gluten Free Certified" label on the front of the package and feel safe in knowing you will not consume any unwanted gluten!
Our Organic Firm Silken Tofu and Organic Nigari Tofu are certified USDA Organic and carry the Organic label. Organic crops are non-GMO, free from synthetic pesticides, and have been grown in conditions the USDA considers to best protect natural resources and the environment. To be certified USDA Organic, our suppliers and manufacturing facilities most undergo regular audits to prove our adherence to Organic standards.
USDA Organic certification is reciprocated in Canada and the EU.
Please note: At this time, only our Organic Firm Silken Tofu and Organic Nigari Tofu are certified USDA Organic. However, ALL Morinaga Silken Tofu is Non-GMO.
For more information on USDA Organic:
USDA Organic Agriculture