UPDATE 9/10/2014 – Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Domingo Gonzalez of the Quality Assurance team for Ole Mexican Foods. He informed me that La Banderita Corn Tortillas are not manufactured with non-GMO corn. This is a huge disappointment, but I do appreciate Ole Mexican Foods and Mr. Gonzalez for being proactive and helping me to inform SallyHomemaker.com readers about this when it would have been just as easy to remain silent on the issue and allow people to continue to believe that the tortillas are GMO-free.
As much as we want to avoid GMOs in our household, we have found it impossible to weed them completely out of our diets. As I’ve written on this site many times before, the only way to be sure your food is GMO-free is to either buy certified organic products, or to buy foods that have been certified by the Non-GMO Project. For the most part, Non-GMO Project foods still won’t be your best choice, because that label largely applies to processed foods, which we should be avoiding anyway.
All things considered, we will still buy store-bought tortillas now and then, and when we do, they will probably be La Banderita brand tortillas — that is, until an organic brand becomes available in our local area.
If you are interested, Mr. Gonzalez’s letter is below:
Time ago, Mr. Edgar Moreno made an incorrect statement that our corn tortillas are manufactured with non-GMO corn based on misinterpretation of the information provided by the corn flour supplier. We would like to amend this information and we are requesting your advise to do it in the proper way. please let me know
Ole Mexican Foods
Update: Thanks to information from a SallyHomemaker.com website visitor, I can now add that El Lago brand tortillas from Austin, Texas are also a non-GMO brand. Scroll to the end of this post for further details.
As I’ve been learning more about GMOs, I’ve been actively contacting various food manufacturers to see if their products are made with GM Corn, etc.. (Especially corn, because corn is a big staple food in our home — grits, cornbread, corn tortillas, etc..)
Today, I sent an e-mail to Ole Mexican Foods, the company that makes La Banderita Corn Tortillas. Their preservative-free tortillas have been my hands-down favorite store-bought brand, because they taste the closest to homemade when they’re heated up on the comal (griddle.)
But are they GMO-free?
Here’s what I wrote:
“I have been learning a lot about genetically modified crops lately and am actively replacing all of the brands I ordinarily buy with non-GMO products. I have been unable to find whether or not the corn used in producing La Banderita brand tortillas is non-GMO corn. Please let me know whether or not La Banderita tortillas are non-GMO, and if they are, I recommend La Banderita tortillas be non-GMO Project Verified. (Google it – it’s a growing movement among consumers.) If they are not, I wish La Banderita would provide non-GMO corn tortillas as an alternative. Many of us consumers would be willing to pay more for a product that is healthier for our families. The La Banderita preservative-free tortillas are my favorite brand, so I hope the company will consider my message. Thank you”
Here is the response I received from Edgar Moreno of Ole Mexican Foods:
Our corn tortillas are made with non GMO corn. We are in the process of adding this to our packaging.
Thank you for your business.
Oh, I’m really hopeful that this is accurate information. I LOVE these tortillas… but for now, I think I better wait and see before making any recommendations.
Having the Non-GMO Project Verified label on the tortillas would mean they have gone through a thorough evaluation to ensure the food is free of genetically engineered ingredients. Let’s hope the Non-GMO Project Verified label is what they’ll be adding to their packaging!
If so, I will be promoting these tortillas like crazy! Well… Time will tell!
Ellen Mickle, a SallyHomemaker.com website visitor, submitted this helpful information for readers and fellow tortilla fans in Texas:
El Lago is a small tortilleria based in Austin, Texas. They deliver their non-GMO corn tortillas as far north as Waco and as far south as San Antonio. Click here for a list of available locations to purchase this brand.