Is Post Foods intentionally misleading consumers?
It is final exam time at universities, students will soon find out if their hard work and efforts are rewarded through high grades. At this time, I’d like to give a special grade, A+, to Post Foods Canada in consumer deception. Well done Post Foods, you’re chosen to use non-GMO labelling to mislead consumers about your products and actual GM foods.
Last August, I wrote a blog on Post Foods’ dubious use of non-GMO certification when the only ingredient listed is wheat. Such a marketing practice should be viewed with skepticism as there is NO GMO wheat sold or approved in Canada or anywhere else on the planet for that matter. There simply is no GMO wheat to be purchased or that could possibly end up in a box of Post Foods cereal.
At the time, I filed a complaint with the Canadian Competition Bureau regarding Post Foods practices of misleading consumers. However, sadly the Competition Bureau will not stand up for consumers rights and refused to get involved, stating to me, “We have reviewed your information and determined that the matter you have raised falls more directly within the mandate of another organization. As we will not be pursuing this matter further….”
Post Foods knows full well that there is no GMO wheat in the market, their marketing of non-GMO verification was a strategic business, a corporate decision to capture consumers seeking GM-free products and for many corporations, this is done purely for marketing reasons. Evidence of this is the labelling of non-GMO salt, all salt is GM free, in fact, all salt is free of any genetic material, it’s a mineral! Obviously, Post Foods believes it is acceptable to misinform consumers about their products. Sure shows what Post Foods thinks of you as a valued purchaser of their products doesn’t it!
This raises the issue that food companies recognize that consumers typically know little about GM crops or food and they can use this lack of knowledge to their marketing advantage. An American food company executive has said the following about non-GMO labelling, “[if it] doesn’t say non-GMO on it, chances are somebody will bypass that”. Non-GMO labelling on a product where there is no GMO product in the market misleads and scams consumers. It’s a good thing Post Foods doesn’t sell bottled water or they’d be labelling it as non-GMO too!!
For a corporation ‘appearing’ to be more transparent by using non-GMO labels, Post Foods has earned an A+ for their deception of Canadian consumers suggesting there is a GM wheat in the market.
If you are like me and are more than a little bit irritated at being treated in such a manner by Post Foods, feel free to contact them and complain. Companies that have such a low opinion of us and the hard-earned money we spend on food deserve to know what we think of their unethical business practices. Whether or not you support GM products, it is offensive that Post would take such a tactic as to paste a label on their product which has no relevance to actual market reality.