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Ban or label all genetically engineered foods



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Australian GeneEthics Network i — i- cJ- Australian Conservation Foundation 340 Gore Street, Fitzroy 3065. Australia Tel: (03) 941&2222 Fax: (03) 9416.0767 {InL Code +613} Email: acfgenet® peg^pcxirg

BAN OR LABEL ALL ,3> aJov^ U - GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS State of Play

G enetically engineered (G E ) foods a re on o u r d in n e r tables. They include local cheese with synthetic rennet (labelled non-animal), pig growth hormone (injected into pigs for 5 weeks before death), enzymes to speed baking and brewing, and oil from insect killing (Bt) cottonseed. Some imported US foods or ingredients may also (illegally) contain foods from GE crops grown there.

A new Food S ta n d a rd on G E foods, agreed to by the ten Health Ministers in July, takes effect on August 13,1999. The Australia NZ Food Authority (ANZFA) does ‘science-based risk assessments' on company data for each food. Only foods in the Standard may be sold.

L abelling ru le s will be decided by the M in isters on D ecem ber 17, 1998 in Canberra. The Food Authority proposes that most GE foods be unlabelled. Only ‘different’ foods would be labelled. For example, where a tomato tastes better or needs more cooking, the label would say genetically improved, or enhanced. But a tomato laced with insect killer, antibiotic resistance genes, or viral particles, are classed as ‘substantially equivalent’ to ordinary food and would not be labelled.

C hem ical g ian t M onsanto h a s applied for six food crops to bd approved. Four are Roundup Ready (herbicide tolerant) soybeans, com, canola and cotton. US farmers will spray Roundup from the air to kill weeds better. We risk chemical residues, as well as the new genes and proteins which make the crops tolerate the poison. Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is not benign, as claimed, in the environment or to health. Bt (insect killing toxin) cotton and com are also proposed. None of these substances have been in food before.

T h e re ’s no p re m a rk e t h u m a n testing of such foods, which have no history of safe use.

Action Pack

G oals fo r im m e d ia te action:

• ban all GE foods not shown to benefit food buyers; • label all GE foods that enter our food supply; • reject Monsanto’s GE foods which impose risks without any benefits; • influence food retailers and producers to label their products, as GE or GE-free. ,

S uggested a c tio n s: j-

1. By December 11, write, ring and petition your Health Minister for labels on all GE foods. Minister for Health and Community Care, Michael Moore, GPO Box 1020, Canberra 2601 Tel: 02 6205 0166 Fax: 02 6205 0431 Email: 2. Call ANZFA Tel: 02 6271 2222 for Monsanto’s six applications on GE foods, and make

submissions by December 23. Oppose Monsanto’s proposals. 3. Mobilise your family, neighbours, friends, and workmates to lobby too. 4. Publicise GE food issues through the news media - radio talkback, letters to the editor, etc. 5. Ring retailers and producers to label their food products. Some already label GE-free.

6. Spend your food dollars wisely, to influence company behaviour. Avoid GE foods.

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INFLUENCE FOOD RETAILERS AND PROCESSORS Call them on 1800 for just the local call cost

When you call them:

Start with the companies whose products you actually buy; Ask them to confirm whether or not they sell or use GE foods; Tell them you want all GE foods labelled. It is your right to know;

Invite them to talk to the Health Ministers and ANZFA too; Request a written reply to your call, including a policy if they have one; Say you won’t buy their foods, unless you are happy with their policy.

ARNOTTS........................................................................ 1800 242 492

AUSSIE BODIES............................................................. 1800 247 757

AUSTRALIAN NATURAL FOODS............................ 1800 64 1 614

BLACKMORES............................................................... 1800 803 760

BONLAC.......................................................................... 1800 816 773

BRISTOL MYERS........................................................... 1800 803 543

BUDERIM GINGER........................................................ 1800 067 686

BULLIYANTS................................................................. 1800 111 889

BUTTERCUP................................................................... 1800 810 599

CARNATION................................................................... 1800 621 987

CAROBANA................................................................... 1800 700 118

COLES........ ..................................................................... 1800 06 1 562

CENOVIS...................................................................... . 1800 802 111

DAIRY FARMERS.......................................................... 1800 627 624

DAYDAWN..................................................................... 1800 064 911

DEFIANCE...................................................................... 1800 628 883

DON SMALLGOODS.................................................... 1800 806 381

DOUGLAS PHARMACEUTICALS............................. 1800 060 057

ETA ................................................................................... 1800 811 528

FERRERO......................................................................... 1800 627 231

FLORAFOODS................................................................. 1800 677 807

FRANKLINS..................................................................... 1800621 111

FREEDOM FOODS......................................................... 1800 646 231

FRITO-LAY AUSTRALIA............................................ 1800 500 502

GOODNESS PRODUCTS.............................................. 1800 654 751

QREENS............................................................................ 1800 803 605

GREG NORMAN’S.......................................................... 1800 240 446

HANS................................................................................ 1800 060 909

HEALTH REVOLUTION.............................................. 1800 353 896

HEINZ................................................................................ 1800 037 058

I& J .................................................................................... 1800 657 917

INGHAM....................................................................... . 1800 111 663

KENMAN.......................................................................... 1800 674 830

KETTLE CHIPS.................................................................. 1800 806 128

KRAFT................................................................................. 1800 033 275

KRAFT JACOBS SUCHARD........................................ 1800 331 114

LATINA.............................................................................. 1800 688 313

LONGALDFE................and Sanitarium........................... 1800 673 392

LOWAN WHOLE FOODS............................................. 1800 355 718

MAINLAND DAIRIES........ ............................................. 1800 633 275

MALANDA...................................................... 1800 818 300

MARS....................................................................... 1800 245 455

MASTER FOODS............................................................... 1800 816 016

McCAIN............................................................................... 1800 065 521

McMAIN BAKERIES................................................i......' 1800 247 008

MEAD JOHNSON............................................................ ‘ 1800 671 628

MEADOW L E A ................................................................. 1800 638 112

MICROGENICS................................................................. 1800 636 094

NATIONAL DAIRIES....................................................... 1800 813 419

NESTLE............................................................................... 1800 025 361

NESTLE DAIRY PRODUCTS......................................... 1800 633 200

NOBLE HOUSE................................................................. 1800 351 234

NOVARTIS NUTRITION................................................. 1800 244 054

OLD EL PASO.................................................................... 1800 677 774

PAMPAS.............................................................................. 1800 033 050

PARKERS’PRETZELS...................................................... 1800 062 554

PAULS......................................................................................... 1800 676 961

P & N ..................................................................................... 1800 658 459

PROCTOR & GAMBLE.................................................... 1800 028 280

QUF INDUSTRIES............................................................. 1800 067 439

QUICKPULSE.................................................................... 1800 689 700

RECKHT & COLMAN................................................... 1800 022 046

SAFCOL.............................................................................. 1800 819 785

SANITARIUM................andLongalife.......................... 1800 673 392

SARA L E E .......................................................................... 1800 065 056

SCHWEPPES COTIEES.................................................. 1800 244 054

SIMPLOT AUSTRALIA................................................... 1800 061 279

SMITHS............................................................................... 1800 025 789

SPC....................................................................................... 1800 805 168

STREETS............................................................... 1800 643 336

SUNSOL.............................................................................. 1800 625 658

TIP-TOP BAKERY........................................................... 1800 645 515

UNCLE TOBYS................................................................. 1800 025 768

WESTONS........................................................................... 1800 643 287

WHITE WINGS.................................................................. 1800 025 768

WOOLWORTHS................................................................ 1800 007 700

WYETH................................................................................ 1800 552 229

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