Illegal imported GM products found on GM black market.

The spread of illegal genetically modified crops is pervasive where it appears that a rampant black market for these products exists. Global reports for 2013 of unauthorized genetically modified crops are listed below which include their presence in chocolate cake. The detection of smuggled GM products is reported to the European Union rapid alert system for food and feed detection system and database,

Switzerland – finds GM rice from China

In 2013, the Swiss authorities have so far made 4 notifications to the EU that they discovered unauthorized genetically modified rice imported from China via Hong Kong.
26 August GM rice Bt63 in rice macaroni was withdrawn from the market RASFF No. 2013.1164
26 August GM rice Bt63 in rice sticks was withdrawn from the market. RASFF No. 2013.1165
2 September unidentified GM rice vermicelli was withdrawn from the market. RASFF No. 2013.1197
2 September unidentified ice sticks was withdrawn from the market. RASFF No. 2013.1198 Continue reading

SA’s maize mafia cartel.

The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has released a new research compilation titled “GM Maize: Lessons For Africa-Cartels, Collusion And Control Of South Africa’s Staple Food”. The report can be accessed in its entirety here,

South African maize is a staple food to millions of South Africans and the report reveals how a select group of companies, including Tiger Brands, Pioneer and Premier Foods, have marginalized the poor by controlling the entire maize marketing chain. The end result is that the entire maize meal market is saturated with GM maize placing millions of South African consumers and their surrounding brothers and sisters at risk to the after effects of prolonged exposure to a toxic food substance where human health and safety has not been established by credible safety studies. Continue reading

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

ACBThe African Center for Biosafety (ACB) 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 Africa,(SA), is the only country that allows the cultivation of a genetically modified food staple that affects millions of consumers despite the potential for devastating environmental and health consequences.

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

ACB reveals shocking GM test results of Tiger Brands’ most popular maize based products.


The African Centre for Biosafety, (ACB), South Africa’s consumer watchdog organization has revealed new shocking results in respect of five of Tiger Brands’ most popular products.  The products involved are SA’s most popular maize based products, which are considered a staple in the SA diet and they were tested by an independent laboratory for the presence of genetically modified maize.

The test results reflect the following: Ace super maize meal contained 78% genetically modified maize; Ace maize rice 70% genetically modified maize; Ace instant porridge contained 68% genetically modified maize; Lion samp and beans contained 48% genetically modified maize; Jungle B’fast energy cereal contained  41% Genetically modified maize.

Director of the ACB, Mariam Mayet said that “It is a travesty that we are the only nation on Earth where our staple food, namely maize, is genetically modified. We demand GM-free, safe and nutritious food for all South Africans. Our government must commit to establishing GM-free zones in South Africa as a matter of urgency. It must also support food sovereignty initiatives in South Africa to ensure local control over food production, especially maize. We reject out of hand the current situation of corporate control of our food systems.”

ACB has expressed considerable concern as most of the genetically modified maize cultivated in SA has been genetically engineered to be resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. Tiger Brands’ Ace brands, consumed as a staple on a daily basis by the vast majority of South Africans, contained the highest levels of GM presence. Community groups are up in arms about these revelations.

According to Zukiswa Nomwa of the Coalition for Ecological Justice (CEJ), based in Khayelitsha, “people don’t want to eat GM maize. Moreover, most people can’t afford Purity. What they feed their infants as a first food is maize. It doesn’t make sense for Tiger Brands to remove GMOs from Purity baby foods but not from their other maize-based products”. According to ACB’s Consumer Awareness Campaigner, Zakiyya Ismail, “All of these products are misleadingly labelled as ‘may contain GM ingredients’, a label which is only allowed to be used when it is not feasible or scientifically possible to test. Consumers have the right to accurate and truthful labelling as required by the Consumer Protection Act.”




African Center for Biosafety is at the forefront of the GMO battle in South Africa

acb Mariam Mayet, the executive director of the African Center for Biosafety has been leading the battle against genetically modified organisms in South Africa. Her organization was instrumental in pushing for South Africa’s current mandatory GMO labeling law that is in the final process.

The institute was also the first organization to analyze food products and the extent of labeling fraud that is permeating the South African consumer market.

On the 15 of March 2012 the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) published a press statement stating that the GMO testing facility at the University of the Free State carried out tests on behalf of the ACB. Their tests revealed that South Africa’s most popular Nestle’s Infant cereal, Cerelac Honey was found to contain 77.65% of GM maize.

Bokomo’s Wheat Free Pronutro, who assured the ACB, that their product was GM free was found to contain 90.36% GM maize and 71.42% GM soya.

Futurelife Energy meal, a general dietary supplement tested 100% positive for GM maize and contained 36.13% of GM soya.

Impala maize meal, a staple in the South African diet was found to contain 66.18% GM maize.

The ACB has lead the way in raising consumer awareness and with their proactive stance in handling GMO issues in South Africa and oversees.


ACB Media Release
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