Baby formula not properly labelled

Revelations on Channel Seven’s ‘Sunday Night’ program shows Australian parents are being denied their fundamental right to know what’s in the food they feed their children.

Test results released by Greenpeace and confirmed with further testing by Channel Seven showed one of Australia’s leading baby formulas, S-26 Soy, contains unlabelled genetically modified ingredients.

“Labelling is so poor in this country that you can’t be sure you’re getting what you pay for," said Lynn MacLaren MLC, Greens spokesperson on Food.

Traces of Monsanto’s Round Up Ready Soy and Round Up Ready Corn have been found in the baby formula, which has tested positive for genetically modified ingredients ten times in the last decade in the Asia Pacific region alone.

“Truth in labelling is the least that food processors should be required to deliver. People need to know if genetically modified ingredients are present, and need to be able to trust labels to make choices about what to eat," said Ms MacLaren.

“It’s completely unacceptable that the world’s largest pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, is putting untested products onto our shelves. The Government must tighten up the massive loopholes in our already lax labelling laws and prosecute repeat offenders,” Greenpeace Campaign Director Michelle Sheather says.

“Parents have the right to choose what they feed their children, but if food isn’t  properly labelled, they are being denied this right.

“We need to trust that organic and free range are meaningful labels about farm production methods,” said Lynn MacLaren. 

“These products have never even been tested on humans, let alone on children. We want to see supermarkets take S-26 Soy off the shelf until proper testing and labelling can take place,” Ms Sheather says.

“I support efforts to remove S-26 Soy off supermarket shelves,” added Ms MacLaren.