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Original Cheerios to go GMO-Free

Created: 01/02/2014 4:52 PM WDIO.com

NEW YORK (AP) - General Mills says some Cheerios made without genetically modified ingredients will start appearing on shelves soon.

The company said Thursday that it has been manufacturing its original-flavor Cheerios without GMOs for the past several weeks. It did not specify exactly when those boxes would be on sale.

The change does not apply to any other Cheerios flavors such as Apple Cinnamon Cheerios.

Original Cheerios boxes will be labeled as "Not Made With Genetically Modified Ingredients." But the boxes will say that trace amounts of GMO ingredients could be present due to contamination during the manufacturing process, said Mike Siemienas, a company spokesman.

Original Cheerios are already made with non-GMO oats, but now the company says it's also using non-GMO cornstarch and sugar.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

In this file photograph taken Sept. 10, 2009, boxes of General Mills Cheerios breakfast cereal varieties are displayed at a Little Rock, Ark., grocery store.
AP Photo/Danny Johnston

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