Published on Thursday in Berlin, the findings showed that 31 of the 82 products tested were not "GM free" but had a content of less than 1%. However, the finger was pointed at an American pancake mix, "Bisquick Shake'n Pour," a tofu ice-cream from the Netherlands called Tofutti and a confectionary bar from the UK, "SIS Science in Sport Go Bar". The pancake mix contained up to five GM products at levels of up to 20%.
The consumer group claims that GM foods are "conquering" supermarkets and has called for the threshold over which GM ingredients have to be identified on food packaging labels to be reduced to 0.5% and for the national government to hold back on the planting of GM crops.
In April European Commission food experts decided that food producers would have to indicate the presence of GM products if the content exceeded 1% in order to facilitate a common European labelling system and greater transparency by food producers (ENDS Daily 21 October 1999).
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