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GM-Labeling-zebraThe Biotech industry continues to stall the implementation of a GMO labelling regime, claiming that only a "lunatic fringe" or a "European funded lobby" want it, despite government's clear intentions in the Consumer Protection Act to grant the consumer's right to know and to choose.
The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has today brought into sharp focus the white bread industry in South Africa with the release of its new report "GM Contamination, Cartels and Collusion in South Africa's Bread Industry.'
Dear CEO Pick n Pay Mr Richard Brasher, CEO Spar Mr Wayne Hook, CEO Shoprite/Checkers Dr. Whitey Basson, CEO Woolworths Mr Ian Moir, CEO Tiger Brands, Mr Peter Matlare, CEO Premier Foods Mr Tjaart Kruger, MD FoodCorp, MD Mr CB Sampson,
In July 2012 the National Chamber of Milling (NCM) posted a position on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) on its website, in which it supports the principle of consumer choice and pledges to "encourage identity preservation within the grain supply chain to enable clear labelling of our product to the consumer market".
Just 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.
Dear 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 TIGERBRANDS Tel 011 840-4592
Outraged by the results of tests conducted by the ACB.
We, the undersigned members of civil society, are outraged by the ACB's test results showing that Purity's Cream of Maize tested positive as containing 56.25% GM maize; and Purity's Purity Baby First tested positive as containing 71.47% GM maize.
The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has today released results of tests conducted on seven baby formulas and cereals, by an independent and accredited GM testing laboratory.
On the 5th of September 2012 James Wilmot, Democratic Alliance MP and Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry, issued a press release claiming that poor consumers cannot benefit from the "cost savings offered by GMOs" because genetically modified (GM) foods cannot be labelled.
During March 2012, the ACB revealed that four household food products tested positive for genetically modified organisms. None of these products have been labeled in accordance with the requirements of applicable South African laws. There appears to be a great deal of confusion about what the laws provide.
PRESS RELEASE FROM AFRICAN CENTRE FOR BIOSAFETY AND SAFEAGE
5 APRIL 2011, Johannesburg, and Cape Town, South Africa.
The African Centre for Biosafety and SAFEAGE cautiously welcome the mandatory labelilng regime established by the regulations made in terms of the Consumer Protection Act for GM food.