GENTECH archive 8.96-97
Fwd: (Fwd) toblerone press release
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- Date: Fri, 28 Mar 1997 06:02:24 -0500 (EST)
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Date: 97-03-27 21:22:11 EST
>Date: Thu, 27 Mar 1997 14:49:09 +0000
>From: Jim.Thomas@uk.greenpeace.org (Jim Thomas)
>Subject: (Fwd) toblerone press release
>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>CHOCOLATE BUYERS SHOULD AVOID NESTLE NOT TOBLERONE: GREENPEACE
>ZURICH-- 27 March 1997--As Easter approaches Greenpeace today warned
>that traditional Easter chocolates, including those made by Nestle,
>could contain genetically engineered materials but emphasised the
>Toblerone brand does not contain these materials.
>A chocolate scare hit Switzerland this week as chocolate manufacturer
>Kraft Jacob Suchard had to recall 500 tonnes of its famous Toblerone
>chocolate after a spot-check by government authorities discovered the
>lecithin it was made with contained genetically engineered (GE) soya
>beans. The company had been told by its suppliers that the lecithin
>was free of GE soya (The use of GE soya beans had been illegal in food
>production until a Swiss government decision on Tuesday). The scare
>has led to retailers in Austria, Sweden and Germany rejecting
>About 95% of the contaminated Toblerone was for the Swiss market and
>that has all been withdrawn from sale. The remaining five percent,
>for export, was either stopped at the border or was being collected.
>"Greenpeace is now satisfied that Toblerone is GE free. Kraft Jacob
>Suchard has taken highly responsible action in recalling its GE
>contaminated stock, " said Stefan Weber of Greenpeace Switzerland.
>Kraft Jacob Suchard has also committed not to use genetically altered
>soya beans in its chocolate despite the Swiss government decision on
>Tuesday to disallow a legal challenge by consumer and environment
>groups against the use of GE materials in food production. (These
>groups are taking their case to the Swiss Supreme Court) . However the
>remainder of the Swiss chocolate industry, such as Nestle, have
>refused to make a similar commitment and therefore their products
>could potentially be contaminated with genetically altered soya beans.
> "Consumers need to be aware that it is not Kraft's Toblerone which
> is the problem -- it is chocolate made by other companies such as
> Nestle, who have not listened to consumers and who are continuing to
> use GE soy in their food," Weber said.
>Weber said that companies like Nestle were hiding behind the excuse
>that they could not find any GE free lecithin or substitute product.
>However Greenpeace understands that a shipment of GE-free soya beans
>from Brazil wll shortly be coming to Europe.
>"The responsibility is up to the legislators to properly control
>genetic engineering," Weber said.
>Stefan Weber Greenpeace Switzerland 00-411-4474141 mobile -
> Jon Walter Greenpeace International 00-3120-523 6222
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