GMO’s in SA

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Dear Fellow activists,
Please sign our petition calling for an urgent Parliamentary hearing on genetically modified (GM) crops in South Africa, to include a full transparent review of the risk assessment and risk management procedures and public participation in GMO decision making.
In May 2012 the South African biosafety regulators (the Executive Council) approved Dow’s 2,4-D tolerant GM maize, dubbed ‘Agent Orange’ maize, into South Africa.
In the ensuing public outcry the ACB submitted a petition to Parliament, signed by over 7,000 individuals including 18 health professionals, calling for a reversal of the decision, and a complete review of the GMO decision making process in South Africa.
Though the petition was forwarded to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, we are still in the dark as to its status.
Meanwhile, Dow continue to apply for import approval for its 2,4-D tolerant GM crops, most recently in in July 2013, for a GM maize variety engineered to tolerate toxic combinations of 2,4-D, glufosinate and glyphosate.
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Thank you.
African Centre for Biosafety.
Johannesburg – South Africa

June 2013

Thank you so much to those of you that signed the petition and wrote to Tiger Brands T/A Purity. The short story is that Tiger Brands has snubbed us all and are committed to continue using ingredients derived from GM sources.
The ACB sent a letter to Tiger Brands outlining our concerns about using ingredients derived from GM sources. We shared with them the petition signed by 1000 consumers, many with heartfelt comments and pleas to stop using GMOs and label their products.
Tiger Brands did not address our concerns. Instead they referred us to the Consumer Goods Council and the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries. Clearly they don’t take consumer concerns seriously enough. They have absolutely no intention of providing us consumers with GM-free food.
Tiger Brands’ indifference to consumers contrasts starkly with those of FutureLife and Nestle. FutureLife has pledged to go GM-free from July and Nestle has already stopped using ingredients derived from GM sources in their baby food range.
You can view the ACB’s full press release here on the Tiger Brands’ response:

Jennifer, it’s time for Tiger Brands to know that we detest producers that are indifferent to us and to let them know we will use our power and vote with our wallets when it comes to Tiger Brands products.
You are encouraged to write to the Managing Executive, Martin Lind via his PA Melinda Potgieter at (however, Tiger Brands blocks all emails from free mail servers like Gmail, Yahoo etc). The generic customer service email is and the online contact form is at
As always, we value your feedback and love hearing from you.

Kind Regards
Mariam and Zakiyya

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May 2013

Dear Activist

Last week the African Centre for Biosafety had seven baby foods and formulas tested. The results were shocking and disturbing. Purity’s Cream of Maize tested positive as containing 56.25% GM maize; and Purity’s Purity Baby First tested positive as containing 71.47% GM maize. Furthermore, these 2 products cost 250% more than the GM free cereal! And finally, neither of these 2 products are labeled as containing products derived from genetically modified maize.

It is shocking that our babies’ first foods are GM!

On a more positive note, Nestle’s NAN Pelargon and NAN AR Infant formulas are both GM free. It seems that our consumer pressure and actions that we all took last year against Nestle seems to be working. You may recall our horror when tests ACB conducted last year revealed that Nestle’s Cerelac honey cereal contained 77.65% GM maize. The latest round of testing however, revealed that Nestle’s mixed cereal, which contains Maize contained low levels of GM maize and GM soya. Curiously, soya is not listed as an ingredient.

But Nestle is certainly guilty of double standards by dismissing calls for GM free formula in the US and donating $1.2 million against the GM labeling initiative in California.

For further information on these test results including Aspen’s GM free formula please visit

We are doing everything we can to pressure our government to finalise the GM labeling laws.

You have the power to change this by taking action.

First, please sign our petition to Purity , calling on them to refrain from using any GM ingredients or products derived from GM sources.

Second, you can also write your own heartfelt letter to Tiger Brands (the holding company of Purity). Not only are they insisting on using GM ingredients in the food, they are also stubbornly refusing to label their products as such.

Third, you can write to Nestle and encourage it to refrain from using GM in all their food products around the world and stop using double standards.

Thank you to each and every one of you for all your support in the past. We derive a lot of energy from your support to fight on in a very tough environment.
Kindest Regards

Mariam, Zakiyya and Vanessa


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