Whole Foods Market (WFM) announced on Wednesday that it would no longer carry Chobani Greek yogurt in its stores early next year. Chobani, which was founded in 2005 by Hamdi Ulukaya, is the best-selling Greek yogurt brand in the country. Whole Foods decided to drop Chobani because the cows used to make its yogurt are fed grains that contain genetically modified corn and soy, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Earlier this year Whole Foods told its suppliers that all food labels must specify GMO ingredients by 2018.
GMO stands for genetically modified organisms and the safety of these "frankenfoods" has been a hot topic with food activists, local governments and seed giants such as Monsanto (MON) and Dow Chemical (DOW). Ballot initiatives to increase GMO transparency in California and Washington both failed; opponents of GMO labeling outspent advocates in Washington by a margin of almost 3 to 1.
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