Chain Says No to GMOs

Nov 05, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

Foodstuffs, the largest grocery store chain in New Zealand, operating stores under the New World, Pak’N Save, Four Square and Write Price banners, is asking all its private label
product suppliers to confirm that no genetically modified (GM) ingredients are in the private label products manufactured for the retailer. The GM ban extends to animal feed,
as well.

The chain has said it will seek alternates if its current suppliers can not comply with its GM ban.

New Zealand’s Green Party praised Foodstuffs for its action but said more needed to be done.

Sue Kedgley, spokesperson for the party, said, “What consumers now want is confirmation from Foodstuffs that ALL products sold in its supermarkets are GE-free.”

Moderator’s Comment: Will we see US retailers following the lead of Foodstuffs and others around the world in seeking to remove genetically modified
ingredients from their private label lines? Is it possible to keep an average supermarket’s store shelves stacked if there was an across-the-board ban on GMOs?
Anderson – Moderator

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