The Powell Tribune (NW Wyoming) recently published an excellent article as a result of Hershey’s recent decision to discontinue use of sugar from beets as a result of consumer misconceptions about sugar from GMO beet seed. There is a lot of good information in this article including this easy to understand anecdote at the end of the excerpt below.
January 12, 2016 8:32 am
Just like there’s no such thing as the boogeyman, there’s also no such thing as GMO sugar — but public misconception about genetically modified food could be cause for concern for sugar beet producers.
The modified part for sugar beet sugar is limited to the plant because sucrose (sugar) contains no DNA, regardless of if it comes from sugar cane or sugar beets — meaning no lab could determine if the sugar originated from sugar cane, sugar beets, or from sugar beets from a GMO seed. All traces of DNA and plant protein are destroyed in the refining process, similar to how beer brats have the alcohol cooked out of them and are safe to serve to children.
Read the full article on the Powell Tribune’s website.