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GE Free NZ support Consumer Commission's concerns

GE Free New Zealand in Food and Environment support Consumer Commission's concern over misleading practices.

GE Free New Zealand in Food and Environment calls 'for public to be alert' and question what oil is being used to fry their fish and chips. The news that a Wellington fish and fish shop had been reprimanded for using beef tallow instead of 'cholesterol free' vegetable oil prompted Commerce Commissions warnings to fish and chip shops about misleading customers.

"We agree that consumers should not be given false information. They should ask what type of oil is being used for cooking, many genetically engineered vegetable oils are coming in unlabelled and there still have been no longterm feeding studies on any of them", said a representative of GE Free New Zealand in Food and Environment.

The ANZFA labelling regime denies consumers information about the GE status of oils, and take-away and restaurant products, yet consumers still have the right to request this information.

"We urge consumers to ask their local fish and chip shops what oils they are using and if they are genetically engineered, if they don't know request that shops ask their suppliers, this is the way to get results. If you don't get a satisfactory answer, take your custom elsewhere." ENDS

More info Jon Carapiet 09 815 3370 Susie Lees 03 546 7966

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