What about UK supermarkets?
Iceland were the first big store to completely ban GM ingredients from all their own brand products. (NB other goods on sale in Iceland, as in other
supermarket chains, are not guaranteed.) Tel: 0990 133373
Marks & Sparks: a remarkable turn around at Marks & Spencer has created entire stores free of GM-soya and maize and their derivatives. This is a huge
step forward for what has been a very pro-GM company. See re: animal feed above. If they get rid of GM enzymes and GM cotton in clothing, theirs will
be a remarkable achievement. Encourage them to take those final steps: M&S: Tel: 0171 921 6000
Sainsbury's say their own brand foods were entirely free of all GM soya protein as of end of summer 99 and that it is working on the elimiination of
GM maize and all GM soya and maize derivatives. GM tomato puree has also been taken off the shelves but they have been amongst the slowest on GM
animal feed. Contact Sainsburys: Tel: 0800 632262
ASDA has banned all GM ingredients from any new "own brand" products. It is also asking its suppliers to find alternatives to soya and maize for its
existing foods and it says it will eventually be GM-free but it seems a slow process and thye have also been amongst the slowest on GM animal feed.
Let them know what you think: Asda: email - Tel: 0113 243 5435
Waitrose: Their policy is not to have GM soya and maize in their own-label products as of 1 April 1999. They say they contnue to work on the issues of
oils, additives and other derivatives, and wherever possible their intention is to remove them as well. Contact Waitrose:
firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: 01344 424680
Safeway: Safeway has consistently been pro-GM and unsympathetic to consumer concerns. They seem, however, to have finally committed themselves to
comprehensive labelling and removing GM soya and maize: 'We will label all ingredients from a GM source; this includes derivatives,' they say. When
will it be achieved? Safeway: email@example.com Tel: 0181 848 8744
Tesco’s committed themselves to trying to go GM free, including animal feed. They do say they will label any products believed to contain any GM
ingredients and not just GM protein but it has been a slow process. Let them know what you think: Tesco: email - firstname.lastname@example.orgTel:
Somerfield: The company says it has asked the suppliers of its own-brand foods to source soya that is GM-free but where this is not possible they say
they intend to label, including additives, 'as soon as possible.' They have not made the same kind of absolute commitment to going GM-free that
Sainsbury's and M&S have. Tel: 0117 935 6441
Morrisons/Kwiksave/Gateway have not committed themselves to going entirely GM free but are not pro-GM in their attitudes.
Co-op. We are unsure of the Co-op's current position. Please ask them to clarify: email@example.com
What about the big food manufacturers?
Unilever (UK), Nestlé (UK) and Cadbury-Schweppes finally announced in late April 1999, after massive consumer pressure, that they were going to start
phasing out GM ingredients in their foods as far as possible. Trading under the names Birdseye-Walls and Van den Bergh, Unilever are responsible for a
wide range of products including Flora, Stork, Birds-Eye, Walls, Vesta, Colman's, Oxo, and Batchelors Beanfeast (which was Unilever's first product
to be labelled as containing GM soya). They are very pro-GM in attitude. Tel: 01293 648000 (Van den Bergh Foods)