African Centre for Biosafety
Alarm over high GM content in Tiger Brands' ‘Ace' Maize Products, misleading labelling PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 13 June 2013 14:04

AceisLacedJust as consumers were welcoming the news that Tiger Brands has decided to ditch genetically modified (GM) ingredients in its baby food, GMO testing carried out by an independent laboratory on behalf of the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has revealed shocking results in respect of five of Tiger Brands' most popular maize based products.

The test results on the five products were as follows:

- Ace super maize meal 78% GM maize content.
- Ace maize rice 70% GM maize content.
- Ace instant porridge 68% GM maize content.
- Lion samp and beans 48% GM maize content
- Jungle B'fast energy cereal 41% GM maize content.

The GM maize used in these products will almost certainly contain residues of toxic glyphosate based herbicides, since the vast majority of GM maize cultivated in South Africa has been geneticallly engineered to be resistent to Monsanto's Roundup. There is now a substantial body of scientifically peer-reviewed data that links glyphosate exposure with severe human health impacts.


Purity GMO Response PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 08 June 2013 08:53

tiger-purityDear Mariam
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write to us personally. We value feedback from our customers and concerned members of the public.
Attached please find our response.
Yours sincerely,
Martin Lind
Managing Executive HPCB
C/O Melinda Potgieter
PA to Martin Lind
Tel 011 840-4592



Tiger Brands responds to the ACB following on from our petition - May 2013.

Tiger Brand snubs consumers on GM Purity baby food concerns PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 08:55
purity-boardBaby FoodTiger Brands has snubbed South African consumers who petitioned the company about high levels of genetically modified (GM) maize found in Tiger Brand’s Purity baby food products.

In April 2013 GMO watchdog organisation, the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB), sent two Purity products to an independent GMO testing laboratory to test for the presence of ingredients derived from GMOs. The results showed that Purity Baby’s First contained 56.25% GM maize while Purity Cream of Maize contained 71.47% GM maize. Neither of the products were labelled as containing GM, as required by law.

Consumers were shocked to learn that they were feeding their babies the controversial foodstuff and outraged at the lack of labelling. 1000 consumers sent a petition to Tiger Brands demanding that the company go GM-free, or at the very least, label their foodstuff so that consumers could avoid GM food if they wish. One signatory said, “people need to be in charge of what they eat - NOT the biotech companies. ALL food containing any GM product MUST be labelled”.

Managing Executive of Tiger Brands, Mr Martin Lind, responded to the petition by assuring consumers that they are using ingredients that have been approved as safe by the Department of Agriculture. In his letter, Mr Lind explained how GMOs are regulated and supplied contact details for the GMO Registrar and the Consumer Goods Council, recommending that consumers take the issue up with them.
G8 "Hunger Summit" initiative rejected by African civil society - Corporate takeover of agriculture & land will increase hunger, groups claim PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 03 June 2013 13:06

At the heart of the leading initiatives to “modernise” African agriculture is a drive to open markets and create space for multinationals to secure profits. Green revolution technologies – and the legal and institutional changes being introduced to support them – will benefit a few at the expense of the majority.

As world leaders gather at the high profile ‘Hunger Summit’ in London this week to endorse the spate of on-going initiatives to ‘modernise’ African agriculture, 57 farmer and civil society organisations from 37 countries across the continent have slammed these efforts as ‘a new wave of colonialism’. Harmonisation, free trade and the creation of institutions and infrastructure to facilitate multinational companies' penetration into Africa are presented as the answer to food insecurity on the continent. These large multinational seed, fertiliser and agrochemical companies are setting the agenda for the G8’s "New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa", the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the implementation of the African Union’s Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP).


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Modernising African Agriculture: Who benefits? Civil Society statement on the G8, AGRA and the African Union's CAADP PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 03 June 2013 12:07

African agriculture is in need of support and investment. Many initiatives are flowing from the North, including the G8’s “New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa” and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). These initiatives are framed in terms of the African Union’s Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP). This gives them a cover of legitimacy. But what is driving these investments, and who is set to benefit from them?

This statement, signed by close to 60 organisations from 37 African countries, places these ‘modernisation’ initiatives in the context of the gathering global crisis with financial, economic, energy and ecological dimensions. It further calls upon these institutions to recognise the immense diversity found in African agriculture, and frame their responses accordingly.


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