Pink GMO Pineapples Coming to a Grocery Store Near You

Expect pink pineapples to hit your grocery store soon. Approved for sale by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Del Monte’s Rosé pineapples sport a pretty pink hue. But that pink hue is the product of genetic engineering. In other words, Rosé pineapples are GMO.

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Rosé pineapples are genetically engineered to produce less levels of the enzymes present in conventional pineapples that convert the pink pigment lycopene to the yellow pigment beta carotene. Lycopene is what makes tomatoes red and watermelons pink. According to the FDA, Del Monte will label the pineapples as “extra sweet pink flesh pineapple.”

Back in December, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its evaluation of the Rosé pineapples found “there are no unresolved safety or regulatory questions about the pineapple.” The FDA based its evaluation on data submitted by Del Monte “to demonstrate that the pink flesh pineapple is as safe and nutritious as its conventional counterparts.”

Del Monte will not label Rosé pineapples as GMO because they are not required to by federal law in the U.S. Although over 60 countries around the world, including Russia and China, require mandatory GMO labeling, the U.S. relies on a voluntary system.

Studies on GMOs show that they are not exactly as safe to consume as companies like Del Monte want us to believe. GMO crops are designed to tolerate herbicides. A Canadian study on pesticides associated with genetically modified foods (PAGMF) looked at the blood of 30 pregnant women and 29 non-pregnant women. What researchers found is that PAGMF were detected in the blood of both groups.

Another study found that complete genes may pass from food to human blood. Researchers analyzed over 1,000 human samples from four independent studies. They found meal-derived DNA fragments big enough to carry complete genes can avoid being degraded and enter the circulation system. In one of the blood samples, they found that the relative concentration of plant DNA was higher than the human DNA.

One of the herbicides GMOs are designed to tolerate is glyphosate. The World Health Organization (WHO) labeled it as a probable carcinogen in 2015. A study found that glyphosate, one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, induces the growth of human breast cancer cells through estrogen receptors.

While the U.S. government claims that GMOs are safe for consumption, Americans are exposed to foods that may effect their health in negative ways.

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By Gina-Marie Cheeseman| June 10, 2017
Categories:  Eat

About the Author

Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Gina-Marie is a freelance writer armed with a passion for healthy living and a degree in journalism. Hailing from the dry, sunny Central San Joaquin Valley, she hasn't let the heat fry her brain!

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