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Häagen-Dazs Makers Will Not Use Synthetic Vanilla Flavoring

September 3, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
The makers of Häagen-Dazs ice cream say they will not use vanilla flavoring produced synthetically, though the FDA is expected to approve its safe use in food production. Synthetic biology (“synbio”) vanilla flavoring is made with artificial DNA and genetically engineered yeast. Use of lab-produced synbio vanilla would reduce farm land devoted to vanilla bean production. But advocacy groups say synbio yeast and algae feed on sugar, which would lead to increased sugarcane production. In addition, synbio organisms, which can reproduce, would be impossible to recall if released into the environment. Nestlé makes Häagen-Dazs ice cream in Canada and the U.S., and General mills makes it outside North America.
"Haagen-Dazs Won’t Use Synthetic Vanilla", Environmental Leader, September 03, 2014, © Business Sector Media, LLC
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