Terra Bella, CA (March 16, 2015)—Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., the nation’s second largest pistachio processor and maker of Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites, based in California’s Central Valley, is proud to announce that their Roasted Salted Pistachios, Roasted Unsalted Pistachios, and Pistachio Chewy Bites are now Non-GMO Project Verified. GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, and other animals and plants. These experimental combinations of genes cross the natural species barrier and have not been proven safe.
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. As North America’s only third-party verification organization, the Non-GMO Project rigorously tests each major high-risk ingredient in a product and requires that every batch of high-risk food, such as corn, soy, and canola, is tested before use and is below 0.9%, the same action threshold that the European Union uses.
“We are very excited that we can officially announce to our consumers that we are Non-GMO Project Verified,” said Setton Farms COO Mia Cohen. “Being non-GMO is extremely important to us, and we are thrilled to offer our customers the assurance that our products are safe, ethical, and delicious.”
Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are bred for herbicide tolerance. As a result, the use of toxic herbicides has increased drastically since GMOs were introduced. GMO crops are also responsible for the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs”, which results in even more pesticide application.
For more information about the Non-GMO Project and a complete list of Verified products, visit www.NonGMOProject.org.
For more information about Pistachio Chewy Bites, visit www.PistachioChewyBites.com.
About Setton Pistachio Of Terra Bella, Inc.
Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., the second largest pistachio processor in the United States, has been growing and processing pistachios in the Central Valley of California since 1986. Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. has ownership in over 10,000 acres of planted pistachios and currently has the capacity to process over 135 million pounds of pistachios owned by Setton and its grower partners. Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. provides pistachios to more than 50 foreign markets, and through Setton International Foods Inc., distributes a variety of nuts and dried fruits to wholesalers and retailers throughout the United States. Visit www.settonfarms.com to learn more.