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Greenpeace acts to prevent genetic contamination grain imports

EU Council to decide mandatory labelling for genetically food and feed on
27th - 28th November

Ahladi/Brussels, 25th November 2002  Greenpeace today occupied a major soy
import and processing facility in Ahladi, Greece, to highlight that
genetically engineered (GE) grains are still contaminating the European
food chain as long as the EU does not require labelling of all GE products,
including animal feed and highly processed food ingredients
such as refined oils, starch and sugar.

Greenpeace demanded Greek Oil Mills SA and other European grain importers
to stop bringing in GE or genetically contaminated grains as they undermine
the efforts by the increasing number of European food and feed companies to
provide non-GE products to their consumers.

The action took place as the European Council of Ministers of Agriculture
is due to meet in Brussels this week 27th - 28th to decide on new
legislation about mandatory labelling of GE animal feed and refined food
ingredients produced from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Greenpeace also appealed to the Greek Government, which will be holding the
EU Presidency from January till June in 2003, to do everything in its power
in order to finalise the new rules, which will  guarantee the EU citizens'
right to say no to GMOs, wherever they are.

For further information: In Brussels, Lorenzo Consoli, GMO Advisor,
Greenpeace International, Mob: +32 496122112; In Greece, Myrto Pispini
+3097 4144554 or MV Esperanza, Mob: +31-621296912 and +871 7624-  86544

PHOTOS available from Greenpeace International Photo Desk, John Novis, Mob:

Note to the editor:

(1) Greenpeace took over the facilities of a major soy import and
processing company Greek Oil Mills SA demanding that the company stop
importing and processing GE crops. Arriving by inflatable boats from the
Greenpeace ship MV Esperanza, the activists climbed on the 25-meter high
main building and hung a 200-square-meter banner reading "Genetic Hazard"
while other activists blocked conveyor belts and track loading units of the