Woolworths Answers Their Concerned Customers:
AND A WOOLWORTHS FACEBOOK STATEMENT 30 MAY:
“Only 5.3% of Woolworths private label food products contain ingredients from potential GM sources. Our wide organic offering also does not allow GMOs, while no fruit and veg grown commercially in SA contain GMOs. There are arguments for and against GMO and we believe our customers should be empowered to make their own decisions.”
FACEBOOK STATEMENT 2 JUNE:
“Woolworths checks all ingredients back to source, and where we cannot guarantee that the ingredient was not derived from a GM crop, we label the product as “May be Genetically Modified (GM)”. We use this statement if the origin of the crop is from an area where GM versions of the particular crop is cultivated .”
Grass asks Woolworths why then is their GM derived products not lawfully labelled? Not even their Woolworths GM Maize which proved to contain over 79.78% GM maize is labelled as “Contains GM”.
FACEBOOK STATEMENT MAY 30:
“The recent study of a loaf of our white bread found that the soy flour component (which makes up significantly less than 1% of the whole loaf) contained 85% GMO… not the whole loaf itself ”
Grass would like to help Woolworths to further understand the international testing protocol:
ACB use a Real-time PCR method that determines the genome copy number of the soy in the product as well as the number of genomes containing the genetically modified RR soy (GTS40-3-2). The number of GM containing genomes is expressed as a percentage of soy genomes to calculate the % soy GM. We do not calculate this as a percentage of the total product but according to the requirements in the CPA as a % of the ingredient – as is international practice.
Grass looked at another Woolworths product recently, Oatmeal Digestives. Although the product is named Oatmeal Digestives, there is only 3% oatmeal in the product. Rather astonishing to label a product as being Oatmeal when less than 5% content is oatmeal. On the other hand, Woolworths maintained that they could not accurately label GM products since it was difficult to verify. Even though their Woolworths Super Maize was tested and shown to contain 79.78% GM content it was still labeled as “may be genetically modified”.