Despite substantial evidence that pet food ingredients containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are safe, many consumers continue to view them with skepticism.
During this year’s Petfood Forum, Global Nutrition Advisor for Waltham, Richard Butterwick, discussed some of the perceptions — and misconceptions — surrounding GMOs. According to Butterwick, much of consumers’ mistrust of GMOs stems from a history of unsafe products and ingredients (such as trans fats and bisphenol A) having previously been deemed safe combined with a lack of trust in scientists and science in general. Consequently, 65% of consumers claim they would prefer pet foods without GMO-based ingredients.
To respond to consumer demand, many pet food companies have developed GMO-free formulations, despite evidence of any specific benefit to pets from them.