ACB reveals shocking GM maize contamination on the South African market.

ACBThe African Center for Biosafety () has analyzed most of the South African maize brands available to the average consumer and determined the devastating impact of genetically modified maize on the South African market. South ,(SA), is the only country that allows the cultivation of a genetically modified food staple that affects millions of despite the potential for devastating environmental and health consequences.

The SA white maize market is controlled by three major . Pioneer’s ‘White Star’ super has a 25.3% market share, Tiger Brand’s ‘Ace’ super constitutes 22.5% of the SA market, Premier Foods flagship brand ‘Iwisa’ controls 13.3%, and Premier with its combined brands ‘Impala’ and ‘Nyala’ maize subjugates 25.5% of the market.

The test results, released in October, reveal that the entire maize supply is contaminated with genetically modified corn with the following GM content.

Premier’s Iwisa contains 81.2% GM content (labelled as ‘contains genetically modified ”)October 2013.

Pioneer’s White Star Super contains 72,04% content (labelled as “produced using genetic modification”) October 2013.

Premier’s course braai pap, contains 55.22% content (labelled as “may contain genetically
modified ”) October 2013.

Premier’s Nyala Super , contains 87.44% content (labelled as “contains genetically modified ”) March 2013.

Woolworth’s Super , contains 79.78% content (labelled as “may be genetically
modified”) March 2013.

ACE Super contains 78% content.

ACE Maize Rice contains 70% content.

ACE contains 68% content.

“We are hugely taken aback and disappointed by the test results for the Woolworths’ as this high GM content and misleading flies in the face of their stated position. Woolworths is on record as stating that their policy is to replace or remove ingredients derived from GM crop sources, or to label the final products containing ingredients derived from GM crops, to ensure customer choice,” said Zakiyya Ismail, ’s consumer awareness .

“The majority of South Africans are not only eating without their knowledge and consent but have no choice or alternative whatsoever even if the products were correctly labelled. This is totally undemocratic and unacceptable. It smacks of outright food fascism” said Mayet, Director of the African Centre for Biosafety.

Source

Press Release
http://www.acbio.org.za/

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