Del Monte testing genetically modified pineapple

04/26/2013 02:31:00 PM
Coral Beach

Del Monte Fresh ProduceGenetically modified pineapple grown in Costa Rica by Del Monte Fresh Produce Co. Inc. gained the approval of the U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this year.

However, according to a statement from Del Monte officials April 26, the new pineapple variety — dubbed Rosé — is “in a testing phase.”

“The USDA’s decision does not mean that Rosé is in commercial distribution; it is in a testing phase. Del Monte intends to continue to test Rosé and will communicate more details when appropriate,” according to the statement from Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing in North America for the Coral Gables, Fla., produce company.

“Del Monte Fresh Produce has a very active research and development program designed to explore new varieties and new agricultural techniques. The results of these research projects may or may not lead to commercialization depending on many factors including regulatory approvals by the relevant governmental authorities where and when applicable.”

Del Monte officials wrote to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in July 2012 seeking approval for its patent-pending Rosé pineapple. Michael Gregoire, deputy administrator of biotechnology regulatory services at APHIS responded with the agency’s OK on Jan. 25, but the response was not made public until late April.

Before the new pineapple can be imported to the U.S., Del Monte must complete a food safety consultation with the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA’s website listing approved consultations did not show any pineapple reqults as of April 26.

“APHIS confirms that the harvested Del Monte Rosé pineapple as described in your documentation does not require an importation or interstate movement permit under (federal code),” according to Gregoire’s letter.

“… fruit from the Del Monte Rosé pineapple cultivar does not have the ability to propagate and persist in the environment once they have been harvested.”

In its request to APHIS, Del Monte described the new pineapple variety as having rose-colored flesh.

“To achieve its novel fruit color, Del Monte Fresh has altered expression of genes involved in lycopene biosynthesis to increase levels in edible tissues of pineapple fruit,” according to Del Monte’s request. “The genes of interest are derived from edible plant species, pineapple and tangerine.”

Various Costa Rican media report the Coral Gables, Fla.-based fresh produce company has been working with Costa Rican growers to develop the new pineapple variety since 2005. When the Costa Rican government OK’d expanded plantings in 2011, some environmental groups in the country expressed concerns.

According to its letter to APHIS, 65% of the pineapple Del Monte imports to the U.S. is sold to the fresh sector. Another 15% goes to fresh cut, with the remainder going to juice and frozen products. The new genetically modified variety would be sold in the same channels and at about the same percentages as Del Monte Gold pineapple, according to the letter.

The 2012 financial report from Del Monte showed about a third of the company’s fresh produce sales are from commodities grown in Costa Rica.



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P Buach    
May, 02, 2013 at 09:39 PM

I will never buy any pineapple that is GMO

Inge Scott    
Anaheim  |  June, 02, 2013 at 06:25 PM

I will never buy gmo pineapple from Del Monte or any other company. 50 countries already ban or label gmo foods. I ate dairy containing rBSt and gmo corn and soy for 10 years. I got colon cancer. I am well now and have not eaten any gmo foods since.

Pis Toffed    
Canada  |  May, 03, 2013 at 04:14 AM

I fully intend to boycott all Del Monte products in future because of their dalliance with GMO, nature already provides a sufficient product, but I guess greed and thoughtlessness thinks this is not quite good enough, and that the plebs will be fed whatever they come up with.

angrycountryboy    
Walla Walla, WA  |  May, 04, 2013 at 09:43 AM

GMO's were touted as the best method to feed the world...not all the 1% looking for better stock prices to cash in on more (created from thin ait) stock options and big bonuses. We now no years later- Cancer, shady FDA & Corporate welfare and kickbacks and Crony Capitalism to the highest levels. WTFU People!

RLG    
USA  |  May, 04, 2013 at 10:11 AM

The pineapple that you consume now is a product of years of breeding and genetic manipulation. BTY you would not be able to eat the original "natural product". It would not taste very good! This new product has enhancement flavor etc due to the manipulation of genes already present in the pineapple plant. Let's stop kidding ourselves

The WJ Exchange    
California  |  May, 06, 2013 at 10:47 AM

In the mid nineties, Del Monte Fresh had a near exclusive on what they called "Del Monte Gold Extra Sweet Pineapple". This was a variety orginially developed by researchers in Hawaii but successfully cultivated in Costa Rica. Although it was determined that the company never owned the patent rights to the variety, they nonetheless successfully built their entire fresh fruit business on the backs of this product which introduced a completely new taste profile to the consumer. The mistake they made was shipping the undersized culls to third party juice processors who harvested the crowns allowing competitors offer a similar product. So what is key in this is their statement... " fruit from the Del Monte Rosé pineapple cultivar does not have the ability to propagate and persist in the environment once they have been harvested".

eden    
Hawaii  |  May, 09, 2013 at 04:46 PM

We are stunned that Delmonte would attempt to release this new GMO Product. It is especially offensive because Hawaii suffers from being exploited as the world center of GMO Field testing - AND - pineapples became an iconic Hawaii export while being produced without any environmental safeguards leaving behind a toxic legacy here. An International Boycott of Delmonte is being launched. It's very unfortunate that this misguided "marketing" decision was made and I hope that Mr. Christou and other Delmonte employees can help transform their corporation - or suffer from the huge economic fallout that is certain to ensue. Eden, for GMOFree Big Island

Warren Mangione    
May, 09, 2013 at 05:44 PM

I am deeply disappointed reading that you are doing GMO research. So many already hate Monsanto for their GMOs. Most of Europe has already outlawed GMO foods. Please stop your move into GMO production. I will no longer buy your foods now and have bought them for over 50 years! You should be ashamed of yourself.

eden    
hawaii  |  May, 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Please note that "DELMONTE FRESH" is a separate company from "DELMONTE". This GMO pineapple is being marketed by "DELMONTE FRESH" not by "DELMONTE"

Marilyn    
USA  |  May, 11, 2013 at 07:02 AM

Genetic Modification is different from hybridization which has been going on for millennium and seems to be what you are referencing.

Karen Medcoff    
May, 28, 2013 at 09:54 AM

you are seriously deluded. the breeding done by hand is NOT genetically modified. get with it. Cross breeding PINEAPPLE TO PINEAPPLE is NOT done in a damned laboratory. This is a TANGERINE to pineapple, done in a damned lab. Worthless and stupid.

Christina    
Cleveland  |  May, 28, 2013 at 07:00 PM

Someone just made a mistake in what they thought. Take it easy there Angry Spice!

barbara    
SC  |  May, 28, 2013 at 07:28 PM

Glad new Apps will allow us to discover which products are GMOs & the parent company so we can BUYcott them. I don't need an App to know about DelMonte, a household name, I thought I could trust. So disappointed. Let us know when you revert to your old methods & I'll consider buying again.

    
May, 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM

I will be sure to void ALL Del Monte products.

    
May, 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Paid employee, company troll.

J Parker    
California  |  June, 01, 2013 at 01:23 AM

IIt makes me sick that Del Monte is even thinking about using GMOs in any of their products. Theirs is a name I've always trusted - but that's over now. I'm joining the millions of other people who will now be boycotting their products.

David Tribe    
Australia  |  June, 02, 2013 at 04:53 AM

What an amazing amount of brainless posturing here by the anti-GMO crowd! The same way as Golden Rice was treated. This kind of posturing is causing real harm by holding up improved safer way of delivering nutrition in India and The Philippines. A great shame.

Ellie Weaver    
Newport Beach, CA  |  June, 02, 2013 at 06:34 PM

I will not purchase GMO food of any kind!!!!!!

Karin    
Louisville  |  June, 02, 2013 at 07:43 PM

I will not buy a GMO pineapple and will boycott all Del Monte until their products are labeled or their production of GMO's ceases.

Cathy McCann    
Orange County CA  |  June, 02, 2013 at 07:44 PM

If Del Monte is experimenting with GMOs they are off my shopping list.

jb    
okc  |  June, 02, 2013 at 08:01 PM

add me to the list. I will not buy a gmo pineapple. I will also refuse to spend any of my money with a company that uses or supports gmo's.

William Nolan    
Browns Valley  |  June, 02, 2013 at 08:35 PM

I won't buy anything that's GMO for health, human, environmental, and economic reasons. If Del Monte markets GMO pineapple, I will never buy another Del Monte product. You can take that to the bank.

Stoney Finnegan    
Canada  |  June, 02, 2013 at 09:06 PM

We as a large family have stopped buying all Del-Monte products because of your use of GMO's . We have no way of knowing if this mutation is mixed into your products as we have no lab to test our food and you do not label mutations so we ( all 6 families with children ) have decided to be safe we will avoid all of your products .

Ivonne Levin    
Dallas, Texas  |  June, 02, 2013 at 09:47 PM

Don't even bother; no one will buy your GE pineapple!

Alejandra    
June, 02, 2013 at 11:09 PM

I will never purchase GMO pineapple.

Elena Miller    
Indianapolis, IN  |  June, 02, 2013 at 11:27 PM

ME AND MY FAMILY, FRIENDS AND THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL NOT BUY GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD! EVER! I LOVE PINEAPPLE AND FRUITS IN GENERAL BUT NOT THIS KIND !

Susan    
usa  |  June, 02, 2013 at 11:36 PM

I will never buy another Del Monte product! Disgusting...

Susan    
usa  |  June, 02, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Hybrids are NOT anything like genetic engineering! What is GMO? In simple terms Genetically Modified Organisms are Genetically Engineered, or created through gene splicing, in a laboratory. It is nothing like hybridization. It merges DNA from different species, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacterial, viral and even HUMAN genes to produce species that cannot occur in nature... and they are exchanging their genetic information in the wild. I guess Monsanto never heard the phrase "Don't Mess with Mother Nature".. In other words, a hispanic female might marry an asian man and you could call their children hybrid. If a man wished to marry a coconut tree and have an offspring, that would require genetic engineering.. believe it or not they are using human genes in plants now too :/ A lot of people confuse hybrid seeds with GMOs and say things like "we've been genetically modifying food for thousands of years." Here's why that's not true... http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/hybrid-seeds-vs-gmos Over 1,000 World Scientists Letter to All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) http://www.i-sis.org.uk/list.php Doctors Say No to GMOs http://www.iowasource.com/food/2010_05_gmo.html The Top 10 Facts YOU Should Know About GMOs: http://bestmeal.info/food/GMO-facts.shtml Perhaps my biggest concern is that Genetically Engineered crops are cross-pollinating our heirloom and native crops to the point of extinction. That is their plan, to control the world's food. 75% of seed diversity has already been lost to industrial farming. When they finally admit that GMO is bad for us, it may be too late..

Susan    
usa  |  June, 03, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Front Groups Exposed-50 Industry Groups Form a New Alliance to Manipulate Public Opinion About Junk Food, GMOs, and Harmful Additives! http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_27652.cfm

Madeline    
Seattle  |  June, 03, 2013 at 01:33 AM

If you ask me, DelMonte is committing retail suicide messing around with GMO's. We don't want them, we won't buy them and we will continue to educate family, friends and anyone who will listen about the danger of GMO's to the health of humanity and our planet. Unless they are owned by Monsanto, I cannot understand why any company would want to grow their seeds of deception and death.

Laura Gandolfo    
NY  |  June, 03, 2013 at 03:11 AM

I will never again buy any Del Monte product and I will make for damn sure non of my friends or family do either! Gmo's are a science experiment but I will not be your lab rat!!!!

Kelly Hibbs    
Illinois  |  June, 03, 2013 at 08:09 AM

I am disappointed to hear this. I will not be buying your pineapples again, unless I get news that you Are GMO-free. My family deserves and will eat real food.

Brenda Pryor    
Missouri  |  June, 03, 2013 at 08:41 AM

This makes me sad, yet another company that I will be boycotting because of GMO. Man I loved the products too... I will be so glad when there are labels or bans on everything genetically engineered. Some companies need to wake up and listen to the people If one big company like Delmonte Fresh refused GMO products then they could be a hero to many people. But yet another good company lost to Monsanto's lies and deep pockets.

HENRY CHIUPPI    
Illinois  |  June, 03, 2013 at 11:08 AM

I am totally against any GMO food. I will not buy any.

sabine    
tn  |  June, 03, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I won't buy gmo pineapple from any company.

Lori Higa    
June, 04, 2013 at 07:04 PM

I am now boycotting everything Del Monte & I'm telling all my friends & relatives to do the same. No one or entity should be owning & holding patents on life. This is unethical & against my religion. You're playing God & God will have the last say in all of this & all that you all are up to. The world don't want your GMOs! You're wasting your time & money. These are failed poison crops!

Carol B    
Santa Rosa, CA  |  June, 09, 2013 at 03:25 PM

I'm glad to read that this pineapple is not yet in distribution. I will not knowingly purchase any GMO produce, and I have the right to make an informed choice. Many consumers want to know if a product has been genetically modified. It is morally responsible to label GMO produce. It is not morally responsible to sell GMO produce without labeling it.

Susan Stop    
June, 16, 2013 at 07:25 AM

@RLG, I will never buy or eat a genitically modified pineapple or any other food. I like the old regular pineapples just fine thank you. As to your comment: Breeding (hybridization) is vastly different than genetic manipulation. Hybrids are NOT anything like genetic engineering! What is GMO? In simple terms Genetically Modified Organisms are Genetically Engineered, or created through gene splicing, in a laboratory. It is nothing like hybridization. It merges DNA from different species, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacterial, viral and even HUMAN genes to produce species that cannot occur in nature... and they are exchanging their genetic information in the wild. I guess Monsanto and DelMonte never heard the phrase "Don't Mess with Mother Nature".. In other words, a hispanic female might marry an asian man and you could call their children hybrid. If a man wished to marry a coconut tree and have an offspring, that would require genetic engineering.. believe it or not they are using human genes in plants now too :/ A lot of people confuse hybrid seeds with GMOs and say things like "we've been genetically modifying food for thousands of years." Here's why that's not true... http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/hybrid-seeds-vs-gmos A very interesting GMO Myths and Truths Report. (written by three genetic engineers) http://earthopensource.org/files/pdfs/GMO_Myths_and_Truths/GMO_Myths_and_Truths_1.3b.pdf Over 1,000 World Scientists Letter to All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) http://www.i-sis.org.uk/list.php Doctors Say No to GMOs http://www.iowasource.com/food/2010_05_gmo.html I hope you will educate yourself a bit for your health's sake :)

Susan Stop    
June, 16, 2013 at 07:40 AM

@David Tribe, You say "holding up improved safer way of delivering nutrition in India" Here is the truth about GE crops in India... The GM genocide: Thousands of Indian farmers are committing suicide after using genetically modified crops: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1082559/The-GM-genocide-Thousands-Indian-farmers-committing-suicide-using-genetically-modified-crops.html GMO does not produce better yields, save water or any of their lalala claims. Bugs and weeds are quickly becoming resistant and bees and other wildlife is fast dying off from this irresponsible profit motivated scheme. It is not sustainable. This is really an excellent movie that you might enjoy: The Seeds Of Suicide: How Monsanto Destroys Farming By Dr. Vandana Shiva http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-seeds-of-suicide-how-monsanto-destroys-farming/5329947

Medea    
GA  |  July, 07, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Well stated. Clear, accurate explanation of hybrid vs GE.

Cristina    
Dallas Texas  |  July, 13, 2013 at 04:40 PM

Buy organic.

    
July, 28, 2013 at 06:14 PM

That is true all things except God can be proved

MDavidson    
PA  |  July, 29, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Seems Del Monte should be blamed for a little more than just the GMO's. They are putting ONION powder in the Pupperoni dog treats. Everyone knows that ONION is harmful to dogs and cats. GET with it Del Monte. Consider my name added to the BOYCOTT Del Monte list. If we do not stand for something we will fall for anything with these monopolizing manufacturers that stash garbage in both our food and our pets food.

    
July, 31, 2013 at 01:54 PM

GREED, MONEY, POWER AND NO THIRD PARTY RESEARCH FOR YEARS TO DETERMINE WHETHER THEY ARE SAFE FOR THE PLANET AND ALL LIVING THINGS CONCERNED ON EARTH!!! EULRICH.

jim    
nc  |  August, 08, 2013 at 09:32 PM

No GMO!

Tatiana    
Canada  |  August, 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

All those companies that produce GMO products would do better et would get much more money developing ORGANIC market!!! I refuse to eat GMO, it's dangerous.

Matt    
November, 24, 2013 at 08:25 PM

Forgive me if this has been answered already, but where exactly is Costa Rico? I've only heard of Costa Rica... xD

John R. French    
Marietta, Georgia  |  November, 26, 2013 at 02:06 PM

Count me IN on being a customer of the DelMonte Fresh Fruit pineapple that is derived from genetic engineering. This is exactly the thing I've been hoping for. GMO technology is a good thing, as it will bring higher productivity and better nutrition to the world's burgeoning population. I will convey the prospective availability of DelMonte's pineapple to others who would likewise wish to know of its future success. Good work, DelMonte! By the way, I have never worked for DelMonte, or for any other company that has done GMO research. I am simply a well informed customer who knows something about biochemistry, nutrition, agriculture, and the dynamics of human suffering due to malnutrition.

Terri    
Wisconsin  |  December, 02, 2013 at 01:50 PM

Please! There is no reason for this.unless you enjoy passing disease and allergy problems along to the people that support your company. I will not purchase from dem monte if this becomes a reality!

Bul ligerant    
December, 14, 2013 at 05:20 PM

Obvious post from a corporate shill

    
December, 15, 2013 at 08:12 PM

So please clarify Delmonte, who owns "Delmonte" and who owns "Delmonte Fresh"? Further to that, is "Delmonte Fresh" developing this GMO pineapple for commercial use by "Delmonte"?

J. Moran-Grant    
Milton, Canada  |  December, 15, 2013 at 08:19 PM

Be forewarned, Delmonte, neither I or any member of my family will purchase or consume a genetically modified pineapple. Stop anymore development of GMO foods; not only are they a serious health risk to humans but have also proven to be nutrient deficient. Plant breeding is the only safe method to use and has proven to be very successful for centuries! As a food manufacturer, you have an obligation to ensure the foods you offer consumers are safe!

J. Moran-Grant    
Milton, Canada  |  December, 15, 2013 at 08:37 PM

John R. French needs to do some more research on GMO's. It is well documented that genetically modified plants do not give a higher yield; in some cases a comparable yield of conventional heirloom crops are higher than the GM crop. Further, it has been found that the nutritional value of GMO crops is less than that of heirloom or organic crops, this established fact is easy to understand as the herbicide in the crop, together with repeated sprayings is killing off the soil bacteria necessary to supply nutrients to the plant and it's edible portions. Further, genetic modification produced proteins that are not normal to the plant and these proteins are detrimentally interferring with human (and animals who consume such GMO crops/foods) gut bacteria resulting in stomach inflamation, disruption of the immune system, allergic reaction, and many other related ailments. To address your comment on malnutrition, I have addressed above with the decrease in nutrients. If you are also referring to increased food supply to feed the world, I have also addressed the lack of increase in crop productivity. It is a known fact that the problem of starvation in third world countries is more an issue of food distribution than of total availability of food in the world.

Coral Beach    
The Packer newsroom  |  December, 16, 2013 at 01:14 PM

Great question -- many consumers are confused about this point. Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., based in Coral Gables, Fla., is the company discussed in the above news story. It was spun off from Del Monte Corp. in 1989, leaving that company to do business as Del Monte Foods, based in San Francisco. The two companies have a legal agreement regarding use of the Del Monte trademark for their respective products. Generally, Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. produces and markets fresh and fresh-cut produce. Del Monte Foods produces pet foods and products, as well as canned/processed vegetables, fruits and other foods. Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. is a public company while Del Monte Foods is privately owned. Coral Beach, staff writer

Ann Anderson    
Pennsylvania  |  January, 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

I will never buy any Delmonte foods again and plus i will inform others not to. I pray your company fall financially until you do other wise.

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