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How high is the GM content in our staple foods?

The African Centre for Biosaftery tested for GM ingredients in our staple foods in SA and their findings were disturbing to say the least. We encourage everyone to ask questions and demand answers from companies manufacturing the products we use every day as South Africans. We have the right to know what is in our food!

Permits for the cultivation of GM maize, soya and cotton have been granted in South Africa.

In 2013 it was estimated that 86.6% of South Africa’s maize production was GM. There is no segregation of GM and non-GM maize in storage resulting in comingling and an absence of non-GM maize on the market.

The ACB’s tests for GM in staple foods found the following:

Tested Product GM content:

2012 Futurelife 100% GM maize, 37% GM soya*

2012 Bokomo wheat free Pronutro 90% GM maize, 71% GM soya

2012 Nestle Cerelac infant cereal 76% GM maize*

2012 Impala maize meal 66% GM maize

2013 Purity Cream of Maize 56% GM maize

2013 Purity Baby First 71% GM maize

2013 Ace super maize meal 78% GM maize

2013 Ace maize rice 70% GM maize

2013 Ace instant porridge 68% GM maize

2013 Lion samp and beans 48% GM maize

2013 Jungle Breakfast 41% GM maize

2013 Nyala super maize meal 87% GM maize

2013 White Star super maize meal 72% GM maize

2013 Premier Course Braai Pap 55% GM maize

2013 Woolworths super maize meal 79% GM maize

2013 Iwisa super maize meal 81% GM maize

2014 Checkers white bread 91.09% GM soya in soya ingredient

2014 Woolworths white bread 85.62% GM soya in soya ingredient

2014 Spar white bread 72.69% GM soya in soya ingredient

2014 Blue Ribbon white bread 64.9% GM soya in soya ingredient

2014 Pick n Pay white bread 42.82% GM soya in soya ingredient

2014 Albany superior white bread 23.23% GM soya in soya ingredient

2014 Sunbake white bread 20.46% GM soya in soya ingredient

2014 Sasko white bread so low as to be unquantifiable

* These companies have since pledged to remove GM content from the
products tested

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6956

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