According to China’s non-governmental environment
protection organization, some baby food products produced
by US Neslte contain genetically modified ingredients but
are sold to Chinese without GM labeling on the package.
A baby supplementary food called Beef & Vegetable Flavour
Rice Flour was tested in an independent laboratory and the
property of insecticide toxin gene from Bacillus thuringiensis
(Bt), a soil bacterium used as a biological pesticide with
the potential to cause allergic reaction, was detected.
It is understood that the baby food products
Neslte produced for American domestic consumption and other
overseas markets do not have the same labeling problems.
In fact, the company has openly promised the EU, Australia
and Russia that there will be absolutely no GM elements in
the baby food exported to their markets, but no similar assurance
is made to Chinese.
When questioned why it sets up double standard
and discriminate against Chinese babies, a female employee
on Neslte’s local hotline replied that they have not been
required to do so by Chinese regulation.
When inquired why Chinese regulation would
allow not to label GM baby food on the packages, China’s
Health Department replied that the regulation on GM labeling
placed since 2002 is no longer valid, as all GM related issues
are currently overseen by the Agricultural Department.
When asked why the GM baby food labeling is
not regulated, an expert from
the Agricultural Department, who prefers to remain anonymous,
explained that according to Department’s GM regulation (农业转基因生物标识管理办法),
corns, rapes, cottons and tomatoes are required for labeling,
while baby food (and rice)
is not included in the category. In another words, the rice
which is the staple food grain for the majority people in
China, especially the Chinese in the south, and the baby
food, that affects China’s future, are free for Americans or
other foreign or local companies to
manipulate in order to reap huge profit, and the profit that
could be way beyond
the economic realm.
(Source of the info: 华商晨报/孕婴童商务网)
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