Aussies say NO to GM wheat
The Australian domestic market is very negative towards the use of GM wheat. 21.8% of Australian wheat (by volume) was used in Australia in 2010-1011.
A July 2012 polling conducted by Newspoll also reveals that 66% of Australian mothers would prefer to buy food free of GM wheat. In contrast, only 3% of Australian mothers would prefer to buy food that contains GM wheat, while another 29% have no preference either way and 3% don’t know.
According to the GrainGrowers’ report, “the domestic flour and feed millers did not consider that GM wheat would be accepted for Australian food production in the foreseeable future. It was considered that this was driven by consumer preference.”
We have send survey questionnares to major pasta, noodle, flour and biscuit companies in Australia regarding their attitudes toward GM wheat. Summarised below are extracts of the rejection letters and official company policy excluding all GM ingredients in Australia. You can find the full letters in our full report called “No Appetite for Australian GM wheat”.
“ALDI does not stock any products which are labelled as containing GM ingredients.” Aldi’s public commitment
“Bakers Delight does not use genetically modified ingredients in line with Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). In line with this policy we do not intend on sourcing GM wheat in the future.” Bakers Delight, 18 July 2012
“If GM wheat was available on the market in the near future, we would not buy GM wheat … We demand the labeling of products with GM.” Brasserie Bread, 2 August 2012
“The policy sets out our position on the GM status of the ingredients – including wheat – that we use in our products for sale in Australia and New Zealand …Our policy is to use non-GE (genetically engineered) ingredients. We audit existing and new ingredients suppliers on an ongoing basis and we’ve also added a provision in their contracts stipulating our requirement for non-GE ingredients.” Campbell Arnott’s, 25 September 201
“Coles Brand products do not use genetically modified ingredients.” Coles’ public commitment
“Because of the complexity it would add to our global supply chain, we have opposed the introduction of genetically-modified wheat.” General Mills, 12 October 2012
Laucke Flour Mills
“Laucke Flour Mills has a policy of active avoidance of the use or inclusion of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or such genetically modified ingredients. Laucke requires insurance (sic) of all suppliers that their products are GMO free, and we have further sought prior notice from suppliers regarding any change in the GMO status of any material intended for supply to us.” Laucke Flour Mills, 17 July 2012
“Menora Foods will avoid the use of GM wheat in its products unless there are no viable alternatives.” Menora Foods, 11 July 2012
“Metcash/IGA are pleased to advise that there is a requirement in our supplier agreement that no GM ingredients (including wheat), food additives, processing aids or enzymes be used in our corporate branded products, which include IGA Signature and Black & Gold brand.” Metcash/IGA, 13 August 2012
“We are committed to providing foods that are not manufactured from GM ingredients. We thereby ensure that none of our ingredients require GM labelling in accordance with the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code 1.5.2(4). Where the confidence of consumers require explicit assurance of non-GM status, we go beyond the food labelling content requirements by utilising a segregated “non-GM” supply chain, supported by comprehensive handling, testing & auditing protocols, to ensure that we meet consumer needs.” Sanitarium, 28 October 2010
“San Remo’s pasta is completely free of Genetically Modified ingredients. San Remo Durum wheat is grown in Australia’s ideal conditions, helped by the sun, rain and good soil. So if natural foods are important to you, San Remo dry pasta should be your first choice” San Remo’s public commitment
“Woolworths own brand products do not use genetically modified (GM) ingredients.” Woolworths’ public commitment