GMO’s in Nutritional Yeast?

At a previous Co-op meeting there was some discussion about the possibility of GMO’s in nutritional yeast because it is grown on sugar beet substrate, among other things. Following is a letter from Red Star Yeast, that may clear this up.  I would just add that it would be good to know who did the testing.

Jan 1, 2012

GMO and Organic Declaration/ Lesaffre Yeast Corporation/ Red Star Yeast LLC:

The products listed below, provided by Lesaffre Yeast Corporation, are considered non-GMO, following EEC regulations. They contain no GMO enzymes, have not been solvent-extracted, synthetically preserved or irradiated. They contain no artificial flavors or colors. There was no sewer sludge, petrochemical substrate, or sulfite wast liquor involved with any step of production. These products comply with NOP regulation 205.605(a)(20) and with 7 CFR 205.301(b&c).

**Products produced at our Cedar Rapids, IA and Dothan, Al facilities use a combination of beet molasses, cane molasses and corn syrup. While these material may be from GMO seed, GMO testing has shown there is no GMO protein or DNA in the raw materials used as growth substrate.

Red Star Brand Products:

  • **Red Star® Compressed Yeast Products
  • **Cool Smartyeast®
  • Red Star® Consumer ADY (3-strip only)
  • **Red Star® Vegetarian Support Formula

**Lynside* Products

  • Lynside® Forte Bmore
  • Lynside® Forte Bmax
  • Lynside® Forte BUS
  • Lynside® Forte Zn
  • Lynside® Forte Cu
  • Lynside® Forte Mo
  • Lynside® Forte Se+

SAF Brand Products

  • SAF® ADY (3-strip Only)
  • SAF Levain
  • **SAF ProRelax+YF
  • Dough Conditioner RA 530
  • **Gustal

Fermentis Products:

  • Red StarDistillers Yeast
  • Red StarPremier Cuvee
  • Red StarCotes des Blancs
  • Red StarPasteur Red
  • Red Star® Whiskey Yeast
  • Springer Oenology CK S-102
  • Springer Oenology VR 44
  • Springer Oenology UCLM S-325
  • Springer Oenology NDA 21
  • ** Ethanol Red Cream
  • **Red StarCream Yeast
  • **Red StarYeastade 50
  • **Red StarBasic Yeast
  • Red Star® “All Natural” Active Dry Yeast
  • Lynside® NUTRI Optimum Yeastade 50
  • Lynside® NUTRI Optimum Flavor Plus
  • Lynside® NUTRI
  • Lynside® Forte Mn
  • Lynside® Forte Se
  • Lynside® Forte Cr
  • Lynside® Forte Biotin
  • SAF Arome Levain S400
  • **SAF ProRS 190
  • SAF ProWest Coast Sour
  • Ethanol Red™ Dry
  • Red Star® Pasteur Champagne
  • Red StarMontrachet
  • Red Star® Flor Sherry
  • Springer Oenolgy St. George S-101
  • Springer Oenology BC S-103
  • Springer Oenology SC-22
  • Springer Oenology UCLM S-371
  • Safdistil C-70

Robert E. Biwersi
Director, Quality Assurance
7475 W. Main Street •
Milwaukee, WI 53214 •
877-677-7000 •
Fax 414-615-4107

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10 Responses to GMO’s in Nutritional Yeast?

  1. Kelley says:

    Remember that the reason they are using GMO sugar beets and corn is so they can dump tons of pesticides on the crops. We can’t really consider this a health food.
    This is the vegan version of feeding a cow GMO feed, but not considering the cow itself GMO. Bummer. Are any companies growing yeast on organic molasses?

  2. Carrie says:

    That’s a great question, Kelley. I would like to know of a truly GMO-free source for nutritional yeast.

  3. admin says:

    According to the bit of research I’ve done, there is a place in the UK that says they are non-GMO. I will have to go back and search my notes to know which one, but some looking on the web will find it. Others say that the sugar beets they use for the growing medium may not be organic, but that they have been tested for any residual affects on the yeast itself, and those tests have come up negative. You would have to ask for test results in writing from each company.~admin~

  4. Kelley says:

    Red Star says their nutritional yeast itself is non-gmo, but they can’t guarantee the sugar beets it is grown on to be non-gmo. Which means they most likely are. And definitely the corn syrup is GMO. To me this means nutritional yeast is a by-poduct of the GM industry, and I can’t in good conscious eat it. My understanding is that some brewer’s yeast ( a by-product of the brewing industry, and a little different than nutritional yeast) may not be a GMO product, but it is also not a gluten-free product, which is why Frontier Herbs no longer carries it. In the end I have just given up nutritional yeast, which I thought was going to be a big deal, and actually it hasn’t been. I just couldn’t stand the thought of what it actually is, now that I know how it is grown. GMO farming is reeking havoc on small organic farmers, who most of us are trying to support. It may be killing bees, it gives the farmers who plant GMO crops free-rein to use tons of herbicides which pollute the earth and it is polluting our open pollinated heirloom seed gene-pool. If enough of us stand up to these large corporations who are utilizing GMO crops, they will look for alternatives. They aren’t going to change unless we affect their profits, which means boycotting and trying to get our voices heard. Nothing new there…

  5. admin says:

    I understand completely, and agree with you. I hope you are working on getting GMO’s off the table, or at least labeled. Just having them labeled will will help to slow things down. There is a county in Southern Oregon that is attempting to ban the growth of GMO crops. Everyone should be working on issues like this.~admin~

  6. admin says:

    Thank you Alisha!

  7. Sara Abrahams says:

    Why not just eat ONLY what you grow? Don’t buy ANY food. Subsistent farming is centuries old, go for it! Who wants variety if it is at expense of your conscience? Only eat what is in season. That includes meat, only eat wild animals. And not in any farming areas, they may be eating GMOs too. Start a large garden. Only eat what you grow. Here’s hoping it all matures! Otherwise, like our ancestors, we will have a hungry winter, but if they survived so can we and be healthier than most who buy all their food.

  8. Kristi says:

    Hummingbird (the company that sells the German non-GMO nutritional yeast only delivers along the I-5 corridor from Seattle to San Francisco. They will not do mail order. Does anyone know of a supplier of the non-GMO yeast that has a non-wholesale mail order option?

  9. Alisha says:

    Hummingbird Wholesale has recently made this product available to individuals in the US. We use paypal and ship via UPS.
    This product comes in 1 pound and 5 pound bags.

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