Kraft Target of Anti-GMO Consumers

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Oct 29, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson


Reuters reports that activists across the country demonstrated in front of supermarkets and Kraft Foods facilities to protest the manufacturer’s use of genetically modified ingredients in its branded products.


Richard Caplan, spokesperson for the coalition of US environmental groups and consumer advocates, The Genetically Engineered Food Alert, said, “We are choosing Kraft because its the largest food company. They have removed genetically engineered ingredients entirely from their European products and we are asking them to do the same in the United States.”


A Kraft Foods’ spokesperson, Sarah Delea, said the company’s food products are safe and US consumers do not share the same concerns as Europeans.


“We respect their right to express their views,” Ms. Delea said of the protestors. “But the safety of these ingredients have been confirmed.”


Moderator’s Comment: Should Kraft eliminate genetically modified ingredients in its products as it has done in Europe?


Kraft’s actions in Europe were purely a dollars and sense decision. Consumers there wouldn’t spend their dollars on products with genetically modified ingredients,
so it made sense to take the ingredients out.
[George
Anderson – Moderator
]

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