Hingham, MA—November 7, 2011–Venus Wafers today announced it will be launching ‘Non-GMO Project Verified’ water crackers under its brand, The Original Mariner Biscuit Company. With this verification, Venus will display the Non-GMO Project seal on its new packaging and expanded range of water crackers. The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification for products made according to best practices for GMO (genetically modified organisms) avoidance.
GMO’s have been linked to potential harmful effects to health and the environment, resulting in the escalation of allergens and reproductive and immune system issues, as well the thought that they may contain carcinogenic characteristics. “We care deeply about this issue and giving our customers the highest quality ingredients for their health and enjoyment. We believe people have the right to know what they are eating,” said Venus Wafers President Michael Thompson. “The re-launch of our Original Mariner Biscuit Company brand is the first step in gaining Non-GMO Project verification for the Venus Wafers’ family of brands. We are committed to being a completely Non-GMO commercial bakery.”
“At the Non-GMO Project, we believe that that everyone has a right to know what’s in their food, and should be able to avoid GMOs if they want to,” said Megan Westgate, executive director of the Non-GMO Project. “We offer North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products, and we’re thrilled to award the ‘Non-GMO Project Verified’ status to Venus Wafers’ The Original Mariner Biscuit water crackers.”
The Original Mariner Biscuit Company Water Crackers have also been verified Vegan by the Vegan Action/Vegan Awareness Foundation and certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union and will carry both of these symbols as well.
About Venus Wafers
Since 1931, family-owned and operated Venus Wafers has pioneered healthful crackers and flatbreads to meet the changing tastes of discerning consumers. From their founder’s first product more than 80 years ago, a 100% whole wheat wafer bread, through their all natural Nejaime’s Lavasch, USDA organic 8 Grain flatbreads and Haute Cuisine gourmet crackers, Venus has always strived to bake with high quality, natural and delicious ingredients for consumers to enjoy every day and on special occasions.