Top UK food retailers to ban meat and dairy
products from animals fed on genetically engineered (GE)
Tegel Foods NZ Ltd has the same option
Auckland, 30th January, 2001 – As two of the top three food
retailers in the UK, Tesco and Asda, announced their
intention to sell only GE free fed animals, Greenpeace
highlights the ability of New Zealand companies to do the
Tesco and Asda have committed to sell
own-brand meat products coming only from farm animals fed
with non- genetically engineered (GE) feed, and move towards
selling non-GE dairy products as well (1,2).
Foods Ltd, New Zealand’s largest poultry supplier currently
uses approximately 20 thousand tons per year of GE
contaminated soya to feed its chickens. The GE soya
accounts for 20% of the chickens diet.
calling on Tegel to commit to sourcing only GE free soya
for its animal feed,” said Lindsay Keenan, Greenpeace
International GE campaigner.
Tegel has previously
claimed to Greenpeace that it is either impossible to
source the large volumes of non-GE soya required or that it
would be too expensive. “The decision by Tesco and Asda
demonstrates that the volumes are certainly available and
according to information from these two companies any price
difference is negligible,” said Keenan.
other multinational food companies such as Carrefour in
Belgium, Wiesenhof in Germany, Burger King throughout
Europe and McDonald’s (for its chicken) across Europe, have
announced their intention to sell or use only animals fed
with non-GE feed.
The Royal Commission on Genetic
Modification has resumed its hearings this week and
Greenpeace will be presenting its submission on February
For more information: Lindsay Keenan Tel: 09 630 6317,
Tamsin Vuetilovoni 025 790-817
Notes for Editors
(1) Asda is owned by Walmart, the world's largest retailer. Tesco is ranked number six worldwide by company revenue (Washington Post, Nov 19, 2000).
(2) At the first stage of the phase out, both Tesco and Asda expect to be able to sell non-GE pork, poultry, eggs and fish from this July/ August, with other products to follow.