Bestway, the largest grocery chain in the United States, has been “misleading” customers by falsely stating its organic and GMO-neutral products are “not only safe” but also “the best option.”
The organic and GMOs-free stores are “in a position to offer a higher quality and more sustainable product, but they don’t do it,” according to a letter sent to the supermarket chain by the Organic Consumers Association.
“We have not seen this in our stores in years,” said Josh Krasner, a lawyer with the Organic Advocacy Project, which signed the letter.
“There are some products that are not GMO-safe and there are others that are GMO-incompatible, and we think there’s a lot of misinformation that has been put out there.”
The letter also noted that some Bestway stores have opened since the company announced its plan to phase out the use of Monsanto’s GMO-modified seeds in the spring of 2019.
In an email, the chain acknowledged that it “has a history of making misleading statements and misleading statements to the public” and that the fact that it has recently opened GMO-certified stores and a GMO-friendly website is proof of the company’s commitment to the “consumer’s best interest.”
“The facts are that organic foods are the best option for consumers,” a spokesperson said.
“While the vast majority of organic foods sold today are GMO free, the company has decided to phase it out.”
In a statement to The Globe and Mail, Bestway said the company “is committed to making our products and our products alone the best in the industry.”
“As consumers, we want to make sure we buy products that truly meet our needs and our health needs,” the spokesperson said, adding that the company also works with its “partners to ensure that we do not use or sell any ingredients that may cause harm to our customers.”
Bestway said that it is “working closely with the organic community” to address “misinformation” and “misunderstandings” about its organic products.