Contaminated Baby Formula Scandal

Press release - 30 September, 2010
Mothers demanding action on contaminated baby food are delivering the world’s biggest bottle of baby formula to Parliament House in Canberra this morning. The women are calling on Health Minister Nicola Roxon to give Australians the right to know what’s in their children’s food following revelations of unlabelled genetically modified organisms in baby formula.

At this morning's Greenpeace press conference, Senators Rachel Siewert and Nick Xenophon announced their intention to introduce a joint bill tightening Australia's current lax food labelling laws.

This week, Greenpeace and Channel 7 revealed that one of Australia's leading infant formulas - S-26 Soy - contains unlabelled GM organisms. The maker, Wyeth, owned by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, has since admitted S-26 Soy is contaminated, but refuse to label the product or withdraw it from supermarket shelves.

"This contamination of baby formula makes a mockery of Australia's labelling laws," said Greenpeace Campaigner Laura Kelly. "Australian parents have a right to know what goes into their -and their children's - food. Big pharma are abusing the loopholes in our labelling laws and Australians are being forced to eat in the dark."

On Monday this week, mums staged sit-ins at a major Woolworths outlet in Sydney and Coles' Fitzroy store in Melbourne. Woolworths had the six women arrested rather than take S-26 Soy from the shelves - claiming that they would not act without government intervention. Today, the mothers are bringing their demands to Canberra.

"GM has not undergone the testing necessary to establish safety for adults, let alone babies," said Kelly. "We need the Government to ensure all foods containing GM ingredients are labelled without exception."

The mums also have more than 500 bottles of the contaminated formula to deliver to Ms Roxon, who has primary responsibility for GM labelling laws in Australia and will oversee COAG's decision on the current Federal Government review of food labelling laws in February 2011.

VVPR info:

James Lorenz on 0400 376 021

Notes:

This story was broken by Channel 7’s 'Sunday Night', 26 September
http://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunday-night/

Mothers were arrested taking action on Monday in Sydney and Melbourne
From The Age ‘Angry Mums storm supermarket baby formula aisles’ on Monday 27 September
http://www.theage.com.au/national/angry-mums-storm-supermarket-babyformula-aisles-20100927-15t2j.html?autostart=1

VVPR info:

James Lorenz on 0400 376 021

Notes:

This story was broken by Channel 7’s 'Sunday Night', 26 September
http://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunday-night/

Mothers were arrested taking action on Monday in Sydney and Melbourne
From The Age ‘Angry Mums storm supermarket baby formula aisles’ on Monday 27 September
http://www.theage.com.au/national/angry-mums-storm-supermarket-babyformula-aisles-20100927-15t2j.html?autostart=1

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