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I’m a vegetarian and so do my up most to avoid eating animal rennet and gelatine products. Earlier today I nearly purchased a feta cheese that clearly stated it was made from genetically modified rennet. On further investigation on the coop supermarket website I am pleased that in fact coop have made the choice to clearly label their products, however, I am a little concerned that I have obviously been consuming GM rennet for a number of years through purchasing vegetarian cheeses.

Researching a little more I found out that for a number of years supermarkets have developed the use of GM rennet in their cheeses. An article by Raymond Blanc highlights in fact that there is little choice of vegetarian non GM rennet products.
http://www.caterersearch.com/blogs/raymond-blanc-le-blog/2010/06/gm-is-creeping-into-our-kitchens.html

My question is how on earth have supermarkets got away with supplying us with GM products without having to label clearly the fact its GM. I always thought this was a legal requirement, is this not true anymore?

Also, does anyone know of any alternative non GM rennet cheeses and where they can be purchased?

It seems crazy that only a few years ago, we were all demanding no GM food in our supermarkets but yet, with the pressure off, supermarkets are quite obviously feeding the nation with GM food without labelling it, but no one seems very concerned about it.

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http://www.brewuk.co.uk/store/cheesemaking/rennet/organic-vegetable-rennet.html

I think this is a company that sell what we need. I found out the same in about cheeses using GMO rennet. Its got to be over 90% as I could only find two companies that sell non gmo organic rennets. I think that if we want organic non gmo cheese we will have to make it ourselves. Hope that helps. I see its been along time since you posted this question and hope it get to you. I hope that they start using it in thie cheese making courses which we fab and I throughly enjoyed this year. Will be back again for another go next year.

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