No Waitrose food is genetically modified - all food and ingredients are from conventional or organic crops.
For non organic livestock we give feed derived from non-GM soy to poultry (including egg producing birds and turkeys), NZ lamb and UK farmed trout and salmon.
Along with all other supermarkets, our other conventional livestock will have some GM soy in their feed, but for ruminants it will only be an element, as under Waitrose production standards we always insist that our cattle are grazed on pasture when available. Our pigs will have more soy and cereal in their diets.
We're currently working on securing new non GM soy supply routes going forward and researching home grown protein sources to give our farmers a broader range of options for their feed regimes across all livestock, reducing the need for GM soy .
Of course, all of our organic livestock are fed diets that do not contain GM soy or maize.
The term 'modified starch' describes starch physically or chemically treated for food product preparation, often as a thickener. It does not mean that it has been genetically modified.