Sounding Circle: Heinz Baby Rice Cereal in China Contaminated by Illegal GE Rice
| Heinz Baby Rice Cereal in China Contaminated by Illegal GE Rice||0 comments|
|17 Mar 2006 @ 08:43, by Raymond Powers|
Greenpeace Finds Heinz Baby Rice Cereal in China Contaminated by Illegal GE Rice
Greenpeace finds Heinz Baby Rice Cereal contaminated by illegal GE rice
Greenpeace announced in Beijing today that non-approved genetically-engineered (GE) rice has been detected in Heinz's Baby Rice Cereal and the environmental group called for an immediate recall of all the contaminated products.
It also asked on the government to control the spread of GE rice in the food chain.
The test results were provided by GeneScan, a Germany-based independent laboratory, which tested 19 food samples that Greenpeace had collected in the supermarkets in Beijing.
Heinz Baby Rice Cereal with a best before date of March 12, 2007 is the only product where GE ingredients, namely Bt rice, were detected.
The GE rice variety is developed to be resistant to pest but has not been approved by the government.
"We were completely shocked by the result," said Steven Ma, GE campaigner for Greenpeace China.
"It is the first time we found illegal GE rice in baby food, which should have been subject to the most rigorous surveillance."
In 2000 Mexican scientists found that the Bt protein (Cry1Ac) which comes from GE rice has been found to induce allergic responses in mice, Ma said.
On March 1, Greenpeace notified Heinz China of its finding, asking for an immediate recall of the product and for the company to change its suppliers.
Donald Gadsden, CEO of Heinz China, replied on March 8 that "Heinz will take any alerts seriously and we are now conducting a thorough inspection."
As of March 14, Heinz had not responded with further information about its inspection.
Category: Health & Well Being
Other entries in Health & Well Being
18 Dec 2006 @ 17:57: Lawsuit stirs up guacamole labeling controversy
22 Nov 2006 @ 23:42: Americans Surprised, Concerned that 90% of Flu Shots Contain Mercury
1 May 2006 @ 06:12: Matilija Sanctuary and Hot Springs
23 Mar 2006 @ 00:54: DNA separates hemp from marijuana plants
13 Mar 2006 @ 05:43: Cordless handsets 100 times worse than mobiles
8 Jan 2006 @ 03:51: Jesus 'Healed Using Cannabis'
29 Nov 2005 @ 16:52: Breaking the Chains: Duluth Hospital Goes Organic
4 Nov 2005 @ 18:16: McDonald's Latest Labeling & Greenwashing Scheme
18 Oct 2005 @ 21:34: Coke vs. Water
17 Sep 2005 @ 00:34: EPA Rule Loopholes Allow Pesticide Testing on Kids
Link to this article as: http://soundingcircle.com/newslog2.php/_v195/__show_article/_a.htm