Hope for some ac­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

FOR some time, or­ganic food ac­tivists have pressed for the in­tro­duc­tion of mean­ing­ful food la­belling.

Food Stan­dards of Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) is happy to al­low ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied food if the prod­uct is pro­cessed. There­fore, the soy, sugar or canola in such prod­ucts may be GM – but we wouldn’t know.

Dairy prod­ucts or meat may come from an­i­mals fed on GM feed - but we wouldn’t know.

Now we have the devel­op­ment where FSANZ has is­sued a re­call no­tice for some brands of im­ported frozen berries linked to out­breaks of Hep­ati­tis A. It is of con­cern that this sit­u­a­tion had to oc­cur be­fore the Gov­ern­ment would take the is­sue of food la­belling more se­ri­ously.

I hope the Gov­ern­ment will now im­ple­ment changes to pro­tect and in­form the Aus­tralian con­sumer. J.Pommerin,


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