Could your Girl Scout cookies be dangerous for you?

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. It's officially girl scout cookie season! Monday the 27th marks the beginning of the sweet and tasty time of year, but could the treats be hiding dangerous ingredients?

Genetically modified organisms, or GMO's, have been a hot topic of debate for years now.

But now one local mom is taking a stand against some of the ingredients in the cookies her daughter is selling.

Maria Starr is a former girl scout, and now her 5-year-old daughter Caitlin is a daisy.

"Coming into it I was like great, we get to sell girl scout cookies," says Starr. "People are really excited, they've already come up to us asking about them."

But after some research, Starr found that the cookies contain several GMO ingredients.

"Without any kind of label or any kind of warning these people are blindly consuming these potentially poisonous pieces of food," she says.

In a statement sent to us by Girl Scouts of Colorado, they recognize the use of GMO's and say:

"We work with our trusted bakers, who are industry leaders, to develop recipes using ingredients that will produce the best-tasting and highest-quality cookies while simultaneously addressing industry trends, scientific trends, and of course, consumer preference. As an organization, we continue to defer to required federal guidelines as they relate to our products."

Scroll down to view the entire statement.

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Statement from Girl Scouts about GMO's:

"Girl Scouts of the USA listens to our customers, and we work with our trusted bakers, who are industry leaders, to develop recipes using ingredients that will produce the best-tasting and highest-quality cookies while simultaneously addressing industry trends, scientific trends, and of course, consumer preference. As an organization, we continue to defer to required federal guidelines as they relate to our products.

At the current time, there are genetically modified agricultural crops (GMOs) in Girl Scout Cookies. Our bakers determine whether to use GMOs in Girl Scout Cookies based on a range of market-related factors and depending on the specific cookie recipe.

Girl Scouts recognizes that many people have concerns regarding GMO ingredients, and we monitor member and consumer opinion on this matter. It is important to note that there is worldwide scientific support for the safety of currently commercialized ingredients derived from genetically modified agricultural crops. The World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the American Medical Association all share this assessment. In addition, in the future, GMOs may offer a way to help feed an ever-increasing world population."


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