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Clearwater store says 'no' to genetically modified food

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CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) -

Tampa Bay area grocery store is gaining national attention for its efforts to educate consumers about whether their favorite foods are genetically modified. 

Natures Food Patch in Clearwater is one of the first in the nation to hire a full time genetically-modified organisms or GMO researcher.

"It's my full time job to contact all the companies to find out if any ingredients in their products are genetically modified," said the researcher Patience Melton.

Nature's Food Patch in Clearwater has been on the forefront when it comes to stocking its store shelves with organic and healthy food options long before it became a national trend. 

So when Melton doesn't get a response from major manufacturers, the grocery store hits social media and immediately gets feedback from companies that don't want to be pulled from store shelves.

"We are not trying to get into the debate of whether GMO foods are safe, we simply want our customers to have the knowledge they need to decide whether they want to buy these items,"  Melton said.

Natures Food Patch is no longer allowing new products containing GMO's to be stocked, and is clearly marking products free of GMO's on store shelves from a third party verification system, alerting customers that the product is GMO free.

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