According to the European regulation foods that contain more than 0.9% of GMOs must indicate on the label. However manufacturers are not required to mention on the packaging “presence of GMOs” for example, When These products are derived from animals fed with GMOs. This gap allows GM to end up on our plates without us knowing most consumers are against ! The french are 78% a wanting to temporarily prohibit GMOs in order to accurately assess their health and environmental impacts, that explains well why manufacturers do not hasten to write it down when this is the case on the packaging of their products.
Greenpeace conducted its survey in order to better inform consumers about the presence or not of GMOs in food.
It has thus allocated food in 3 categories :
Green : the manufacturer warrants do not use animal products derived from animals fed with GMOs.
Orange : the manufacturer said they had started a process to exclude GMO animal feed, but can not yet guarantee that it uses more than all.
Red : the manufacturer does not certify that products derived from animals or animals, used in the manufacture of its products, come from animals fed without GMOs. Companies that have not answered us are also classified here.
As you can see the Nutella is in the 3rd category.
Now here's what can be found on the website of Ferrero :
“Ferrero has committed publicly to do not use GMOs. Not that GMOs are dangerous, those present on the market official authorisation procedures that have recognized their safety, but because consumers of products Ferrero unwilling GMOs. This position involves higher costs to ensure the absence of GMOs in our products.
We impose on our suppliers of the sectors non-GMO. It also involves checks throughout the chain of production from the fields to our factories. For example, soy lecithin, each batch is parsed prior to shipment and when it was received, either by an external accredited laboratory, either by an internal laboratory to ensure the absence of GMOs.”
What is really ? In the words of Greenpeace : “Manufacturers who make efforts have every interest to know”. The fact that Ferrero did not answer on its product to Greenpeace remains for the less suspicious.
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Main sources :
- Greenpeace – Products with or without GMO Guide
- BVA survey – Taking action for the environment