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Australians Protest Unlabeled GM In Pfizer Baby Formula

September 30, 2010: 11:20 AM EST

Following a Greenpeace report – confirmed by an Australian television network – that small amounts (less than 0.1 percent) of genetically-modified soy and maize were found in a widely-used baby formula made by Pfizer, a group of activist mothers marched on Parliament to call for changes in Australia’s labeling laws. Two senators agreed and committed to sponsoring legislation to address weaknesses in the country’s food labeling system. Current Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) laws let manufacturers include up to one percent genetically-modified ingredients without label disclosure, so Pfizer’s product is within the legal limit. But as one protester put it, “Australian parents have a right to know what goes into their – and their children’s – food.”

Nicole Eckersley, "Senators join GM babyfood campaign", AFN, September 30, 2010, © AFN
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