Food on supermarket shelvesAt present Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Spar, Checkers and even health shops still sell unlabelled genetically modified food.   YES! Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or more correctly Genetically Engineered Food, is making its way in significant quantities into everyday food staples such as bread, margarine, tinned fish in cottonseed oil, breakfast cereals, maize meal, soya products and baby food.  GMOs are also ‘hidden’ as stabilisers, thickeners and bulking agents in products from yoghurt to vitamin tablets.  As significant suppliers of food the supermarkets should be taking note of concerns raised by the public and from questions from respected sources such as the African Center for Biosafety (ACB) about the lack of independence and transparency of the process of declaring GM / GE food safe!!   The issues are not just the long term health risks associated with GE food but also with those herbicides used with GMO crops which are in the process of being banned in Europe.  Click the link  to read about how supermarkets view GMOs and the need to label them.

Kim Kruyshaar