Date: 8 March 2001
KELLOGG'S PRODUCT IS STARLINK CONTAMINATED
Morningstar products are also sold within the UK.
KELLOGG'S CORN TESTS POSITIVE FOR ILLEGAL GENE ALTERED VARIETY
Greenpeace Calls For Immediate FDA Recall of Contaminated Product
ANAHEIM, CA (March 8, 2001) - Laboratory testing has revealed
that a Kellogg's product is made with StarLink corn, a genetically
altered variety that is not approved for human consumption. In laboratory
analyses, Kellogg's Morningstar Farms brand meat-free Corn Dog tested
positive for StarLink, and the corn dog and two other products tested
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.
"Kellogg's is selling genetically contaminated Morningstar Farms food and lying to consumers about it," said Charles Margulis, Greenpeace Genetic Engineering Specialist. "Americans have asked Kellogg's over and over to stop this genetic experiment on our food, yet Kellogg's refuses to listen and tries to mislead consumers. No one should trust the Kellogg's or Morningstar names again."
Last October, Kellogg's 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 contained detectable amounts of the gene altered crop. Subsequent letters from Kellogg's 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 Kellogg's letter to
British consumers claims that Kellogg's "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 aren't labeled, and I can't trust Kellogg's. I won't buy these products until Kellogg's stops using all gene altered ingredients," she continued.
In Anaheim, Jeanne Merrill, 202-297-333;
in Washington, Charles Margulis, (202) 258-3029 (mobile);
Kymberly Escobar, (202) 319-2494.
Greenpeace Genetic Engineering Campaign 1817 Gough Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
Tel 410-327-3770 fax 410-327-2990
Andy Tait, GM Campaign, Greenpeace UK
Ph: +44 (0)20 7865 8250
Fx: +44 (0)20 7865 8200
Greenpeace Digital at- http://www.greenpeace.org.uk
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