2/27/13 - Click here to see an update on this post, as well as my commentary on why this has been the most popular post ever at SallyHomemaker.com.
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.