QDoes High Fructose Corn Syrup contain GMOs?

Does High Fructose Corn Syrup contain GMOs?

AExpert Answer

Some high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is made using corn produced through biotechnology.  It depends on which type of corn is delivered to the various production facilities. However, research demonstrates that HFCS made from biotech corn is essentially the same as HFCS made from conventional corn. Furthermore, the genetically modified DNA or protein is degraded during the process that breaks corn down into HFCS, which makes the genetically modified DNA or protein undetectable. Crops modified through biotechnology may also be used in the production of beet sugar.


The use of genetically modified corn in our food supply is safe for people and our environment. Many prestigious scientific organizations around the world, including the National Academy of Sciences and the World Health Organization, agree that crop biotechnology is safe. Biotech traits used by corn farmers have undergone rigorous safety tests and have been widely grown for many years. GMO corn allows farmers to use fewer chemicals and produce more on less land, which is not only good for the environment, but also helps keep our food affordable and available and is important to food security for a growing global population. 

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