Biotech and GM Ingredients

What are biotech and GM Ingredients?

For thousands of years, farmers have practiced selective breeding of plants to improve the quality and sustainability of crops to feed a growing world population. Modern methods of farming and seed production use the latest advances in plant biotechnology. One type of biotechnology is recombinant DNA technology (commonly known as genetic modifications or GM) which allows plants to be developed with specific beneficial traits that enable a more reliable and affordable food supply.

Are biotech and GM Ingredients safe?

Hershey has gone to great lengths to ensure the safety of all of our ingredients, including ingredients that may contain biotech and GM ingredients. The international scientific community, including the U.S. American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, Health Canada, the National Academy of Science and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations have all examined the health and environmental safety of plant biotechnology. These organizations have concluded that these technologies are safe for human consumption.1-4

Hershey has always placed the safety and quality of our products as our highest priority. All ingredients used in our products meet or exceed U.S. government standards, including those established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA).

What are common biotech and GM ingredients?

Seventy to eighty percent of food and beverage products consumed in the United States use ingredients that are produced from crops that were developed using modern plant biotechnology, a practice that has been used for the past 20 years. These include ingredients from common crops such as corn, soy, and sugar beets.

Do Hershey products contain biotech or GM ingredients?

The U.S. agricultural growing and distribution system does not segregate crops based on growing practices. The Hershey Company's products may contain ingredients, broadly used throughout the food and beverage industry, produced from crops that were developed using modern plant biotechnology.

Do you have any products that do not contain biotech or GM ingredients?

For those with a preference for foods that do not contain ingredients from crops grown through modern plant biotechnology practices, The Hershey Company offers SCHARFFEN BERGER Chocolates, organic DAGOBA Chocolates, HERSHEY'S Cocoa Powder and HERSHEY'S Unsweetened Baking Chocolate.

Learn more about biotech and GM Ingredients at:


1U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).Genetically engineered plants for food and feed. 2012;

2World Health Organization. Modern Biotechnology, Human Health, and Development: An evidence-based study. 2005;

3Health Canada. Biotechnology and Human Health: Safeguarding and Enhancing the Health of Canadians. 2006;

4FAO of the United Nations. FAO statement on biotechnology. 2000;