Nestlé claims responsible use of GMOs in food products
Nestle strongly reaffirms its view that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or ingredients derived from them do not constitute a health risk, provided they have passed strict scientific evaluation, and are therefore found to be as safe as their traditional counterparts.
The company said this following recently published Greenpeace statements charging Nestle with supporting the use of GMOs in food production. Greenpeace’s charges came after its representatives from Thailand, Philippines, Argentina and Switzerland met with Nestle at its headquarters in Switzerland.
At the meeting, Nestle confirmed its global position that there are no food safety or quality considerations that would justify a worldwide corporate decision to avoid using GM crops in food production. Nestle said the safety of its products and the integrity of the ingredients from which they are manufactured is paramount. “Genetically modified crops, as all raw materials used by Nestle, comply with strict regulatory and safety evaluations. As a responsible corporate citizen, Nestle said it complies with Government rules and regulations on the use of gene technology, wherever it operates.
INFACT Canada has learned from representatives at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that when there is no substantive difference between a conventional food and a genetically modified food, safety tests are not required. In the case of soy based infant formulas, safety tests are not mandatory as these are “assumed” to be safe based on the subjective and yet to be defined criteria of “substantial equivalence”. Testing GMO infant formulas on human infants would be perceived to be unethical, yet a mass uncontrolled trial with promotion and free samples is apparently not?
Easier? Nestlé labels violate Canada’s Food and Drugs Regulation.
Despite Nestlé’s claims that it abides by the laws and regulations wherever it operates, INFACT Canada has launched a complaint against Nestle with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which administers the labeling provisions of Canada’s food laws.
Labels of Nestlé’s Good Start infant formulas violate the regulations
on two counts:
1. The claim “easier to digest” placed on the front of its Good Start product is not only false and misleading, but such health claims are also prohibited.
2. Ingredient listing for products is required to be on the outside of the label and be readily visible to the purchaser. Nestlé’s infant formula tins display the ingredient list on the inside of the label. Parents must purchase the tin and
then peel off the label to determine the product ingredients.
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