Kellogg Corn Tests Positive for Illegal Gene
|January 9, 2007||Posted by Staff under Progress Report, The Progress Report|
Kellogg Allowed Contamination in US, Not in Europe
Kellogg’s Corn Tests Positive for Illegal Gene
Greenpeace and the Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods have found at least three Kellogg’s products to be contaminated with a genetically-modified substance that is not approved for human consumption. Kellogg’s, which seems to have no trouble providing foods in Europe without any genetic modification, is very embarrassed and its reputation is in danger. Here’s the report.
Greenpeace Calls For Immediate FDA Recall of Contaminated Product
Laboratory testing has revealed that a Kelloggs product is made with StarLink corn, a genetically altered variety that is not approved for human consumption. In laboratory analyses, Kelloggs Morningstar Farms brand meat-free Corn Dog tested positive for StarLink, and the corn dog and two other products tested positive for genetically altered soy. Greenpeace today filed notice with the Food and Drug Administration calling on the agency to order an immediate recall and health investigation of the Morningstar product.
“Kelloggs is selling genetically contaminated Morningstar Farms food and lying to consumers about it,” said Charles Margulis, Greenpeace Genetic Engineering Specialist. “Americans have asked Kelloggs over and over to stop this genetic experiment on our food, yet Kelloggs refuses to listen and tries to mislead consumers. No one should trust the Kelloggs or Morningstar names again.”
Last October, Kelloggs was forced to stop production at a Memphis plant due to concerns about StarLink contamination, but the company claimed that no food products were affected. At the time, Kellogg’s refused to respond to a Greenpeace survey asking about StarLink or other genetically engineered ingredients in its products.
After its 1999 purchase of Worthington Foods, the original maker of Morningstar Farms products, Kellogg’s began telling consumers that Morningstar products would be made with non-GE soy.
In a letter dated August 15, 2000, Kellogg’s told a consumer: “We are in the final stages of our conversion to non-genetically modified proteins.. ” An e-mail from Kellogg’s to a consumer dated October 5, 2000 claims: “We have completed conversion to non-genetically modified soy proteins in all Morningstar Farms, Worthington, Natural Touch and Loma Linda products. We are currently purchasing all non-genetically modified soy proteins and have been using these in production since April 1, 2000.”
However, the lab tests on Morningstar products bought just last month show that more than 50% of the soy in the Corn Dog is genetically engineered, while Morningstar Veggie Patties and Harvest Burgers also contained detectable amounts of the gene altered crop. Subsequent letters from Kelloggs to consumers admit that Harvest Burgers still contain genetically modified soy.
In other letters about its cereals and other products, Kellogg’s admits to American consumers that its U.S. products are “likely” to be made with genetically modified grain. But a Kelloggs letter to British consumers claims that Kelloggs “does not use genetically modified maize or soya ingredients or derivatives…” in any of its European products.
“Americans are shopping in the dark when they buy Morningstar Farms products,” said Liza Pengelly, a concerned Morningstar Farms consumer in the San Francisco Bay Area. “Genetically tainted foods arent labeled, and I cant trust Kelloggs. I wont buy these products until Kelloggs stops using all gene altered ingredients,” she continued.
When will consumers in the USA start getting some respect from companies like Kellogg? Children should not be subjected to tainted foods. What’s your view on all this? Share your opinions with others at The Progress Report!