The Choices
Behind Our Food

We choose ingredients that are great quality, safe to eat and help make our food accessible and affordable to all.

We know there is debate around some of the ingredients we use.  We listen to all sides. And make decisions based on what matters most to you.

Here we share why we make the choices we do, and any plans we may have to change our ingredients.

GMO

GMO is short for “genetically modified organisms.” It is sometimes called genetic engineering and refers to a process where desirable traits or characteristics are introduced into an organism.

In America many farmers who grow canolacornsoybean and sugar beet choose to use genetically modified seeds and have done so for nearly twenty years because it reduces costs and improves yields. More than 90% of these four crops in America are currently grown using genetically modified seeds. These crops are used to make a wide range of different ingredients that are used in foods we eat every day, ranging from vegetable oils to sugar.

We are comfortable using these genetically modified crops because scientists and the FDA, who have been studying genetic engineering for many years, agree that food ingredients made with these methods are safe and aren’t different from other ingredients. Click here to learn more.

We know many of you want to know which ingredients we use are derived from these crops. The following list is a comprehensive selection of ingredients that we use that may be derived from crops grown from genetically engineered seeds. These ingredients are NOT used in all products.

Corn

Corn (except sweet corn kernels)
Corn chips
Corn oil
Corn flour
Corn gluten
Corn starch
Corn syrup
Dextrose
High fructose corn syrup
Maltodextrin
Modified corn starch
Modified waxy maize

Sugar beets
Citric acid
Sugar/Sucrose
Sugar syrup
Invert sugar
Molasses
Brown sugar

Soybeans
Hydrolyzed soy protein
Soybean flour
Soy lecithin
Soybean oil
Soy protein concentrate
Soy protein isolate
Soybean hulls (fiber)
Vegetable oil

Canola / Cottonseed
Canola oil
Cottonseed oil
Flax seed
Margarine
Partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil
Vegetable oil

Non-GMO products

If you want to avoid products that contain genetically modified ingredients we make a selection of certified organic products that are non-GMO.  These are: Campbell’s Organic soups, Campbell’s Organic soups for kids, Swanson Certified Organic Chicken and Vegetable broth. 

OUR POSITION ON GMO LABELING

Campbell supports a national approach to mandatory labeling of foods derived from GMOs.

GMO labeling has been one of the top issues for consumers for some time and 92% of Americans support GMO labeling. We are calling on the federal government to provide a single national standard for labeling requirements to better inform consumers about this issue.

We oppose state-by-state labeling laws, which are incomplete, impractical and create unnecessary confusion for consumers.

We are optimistic a federal solution can be established in a reasonable amount of time if all the interested stakeholders cooperate. However, if that is not the case, we are prepared to label all of our U.S. products for the presence of ingredients that were derived from GMOs.

We continue to recognize that GMOs are safe, as the science indicates that foods derived from crops grown using genetically modified seeds are not nutritionally different from other foods. We also believe this technology will play a crucial role in feeding the world.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup or HFCS is a liquid sweetener. Although we have significantly reduced our use of the ingredient in recent years, we do use high fructose corn syrup when it is right for the recipe, mostly to help deliver a smoother texture than other sugars can provide, or to keep the cost of a product affordable. High fructose syrup contains the same number of calories as table sugar and has been widely used in the food industry for more than fifty years.

Many people have told us they would prefer to avoid HFCS, which is why we will continue to move away from using it new products we launch and explore opportunities to remove it from certain existing products.

More than 80% of the products we offer for retail sale in the United States do not contain high fructose corn syrup including Campbell’s Sauces, Campbell’s Homestyle soup, Swanson broth, Prego Italian sauces and Slow Kettle Style soups (apart from Baked Potato which has it in one flavor which we are removing).  

Artificial Flavors and Colors

We know that many people, and parents in particular, are keen to avoid artificial flavors and colors. We have been working to remove these ingredients from our products and currently more than 95% of our food doesn’t include them. We will continue to shift away from using these ingredients, and expect that by the end of 2018, we will have eliminated them from nearly all of our North American products.

Transitioning to non-BPA packaging

Steel cans are among the safest, most convenient, affordable and environmentally sustainable forms of packaging in the world. Our cans are coated on the inside with a thin layer of plastic to separate the food from the metal. This helps keep the food safe and preserves its nutritional value. This lining contains a very small amount of a substance called bisphenol A or BPA. Extensive studies around the world have found that BPA is safe to use in packaging.

However, we understand that some consumers would like to avoid BPA. That’s why we will transition to using non-BPA linings and coatings in our packaging by the middle of 2017.

In the U.S. and Canada, we began to ship cans which have linings made from acrylic or polyester materials in March 2016. We plan to have 75 percent of our soups in non-BPA lined cans by December 2016. As we ship nearly two billion cans each year, the transition will take some time, but we expect to be complete by the middle of 2017. This transition includes introducing non-BPA coatings to V8 beverage cans, microwaveable bowls and screw-top lids on glass jars.

We also make a wide range of products in pouches and cartons that don’t use BPA. For example Campbell’s Organic soup, Swanson broth and Campbell’s sauces.

MSG

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the sodium salt of a common amino acid. MSG occurs naturally in many foods, such as tomatoes and cheeses.  It has been used safely as a seasoning in cooking for more than 100 years. It adds a savory or umami flavor and when used in conjunction with salt it creates a clean savory taste.

MSG is lower in sodium compared with table salt (sodium chloride). It contains only 13 percent sodium compared to 39 percent sodium in table salt. This means a small amount of MSG can be used instead of salt to create an appealing savory flavor. This is particularly useful when making great tasting foods which have reduced sodium and fat.

For people looking to avoid MSG, we make around 130 different varieties of soups, sauces and broths that don’t contain added MSG. These include Campbell’s Healthy Request, Slow Kettle Style soups, SpaghettiOs, Campbell’s Sauces and many Swanson broths.

Sodium

If you’re looking to reduce the amount of sodium in your diet, we offer more than 560 products across our portfolio of simple meals, beverages and breads that meet FDA’s criteria for being called “healthy”. We have reduced sodium across our portfolio by using alternative ingredients such as lower sodium sea salt.

Eating foods high in potassium can help maintain healthy blood pressure, which contributes to heart health. In particular, potassium can help blunt the effects of sodium on blood pressure. Current Dietary Guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 4700 mg of potassium and no more than 2300 mg of sodium daily. All Healthy Request soups provide either an excellent source (700 mg or more) or good source (350 mg or more) of potassium, to help you meet your daily requirements for this important nutrient. Check each soup for specific nutritional information.

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Palm Oil

We purchase only 100 percent certified sustainably-sourced palm oil for the food we make and sell in the U.S. In Australia, our Arnott’s biscuit company uses 100% segregated, certified sustainable and traceable palm oil. We are continuing to work to source only 100 percent certified sustainably-sourced palm oil across our entire global portfolio by the end of 2016.

Both Campbell and our palm oil suppliers are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a group composed of palm growers, palm oil users, retail food chains and NGOs. The RSPO was created to promote the development and use of sustainable palm oil through supply chain cooperation and an open dialogue with stakeholders. The certification for palm oil will be provided through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil or equivalent standard. Click here for our sustainable palm oil sourcing guidelines.

Gluten Free

Campbell offers nearly 100 different products across our portfolio that are gluten-free. These include Campbell’s Tomato juice and a wide variety of our Pace salsas, Prego Italian sauces, Swanson broths and stocks, V8 juices and Goldfish Puffs. Click here for a complete list of our gluten-free products.

We have a strict two-step process for validating a product as gluten-free and ensuring that it meets FDA’s criteria for the claim. First, we verify all the ingredients are gluten-free, then we analyze the finished product to make sure it is also free from any gluten.

In addition, many of our products are made without adding gluten-containing ingredients but have been manufactured on shared equipment or shared manufacturing environments that have not been tested to be free of gluten. These products may be suitable for people looking to reduce gluten but not for those who may have celiac disease.

Cage-Free Eggs

We are committed to the humane treatment of animals and animal welfare is a key part of our vision for a sustainable supply chain. We require our suppliers to implement procedures to prevent the mistreatment of animals, including how they are raised, cared for, transported, and processed.

We are currently developing plans to begin using only cage-free eggs in our products and are working with our suppliers to achieve this goal by no later than 2025.

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