The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) on the 5th of May released results of GM testing on infant formulas and cereals. The tests confirmed by an independent and accredited GM testing laboratory reveal a high level of GM contamination in Purity baby cereal. In contrast Nestle’s infant formula and cereal reveal that Nestle is proactively avoiding GM contamination.
None of the infant Purity products were labeled as containing GM products, a mandatory requirement under South African labeling law, with Purity’s Cream of Maize testing positive for 56.25% GM maize; and Purity’s Purity Baby First testing positive for 71.47% GM maize.
Purity has also marketed itself as more expensive than non GM infant cereals and products with a price difference of approximately 250%, illustrating the fact that GM free products are an affordable commodity, if consumers were provided with a choice based on accurate labeling of ingredients.
The ACB is petitioning the civil society for a ban on GM food in light of the deceptive and fraudulent labeling practices that put consumers and their children at risk. The petition can be accessed here: ACB PETITION TO BAN GMOS.