Greenpeace barricades Nestlé factory

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In a bid to stop "genetically engineered food contamination"
Greenpeace activists chained themselves to the entrance of a Nestle
factory in Hong Kong...

In a bid to stop "genetically engineered food contamination" Greenpeace activists chained themselves to the entrance of a Nestle factory in Hong Kong on Monday. In 1999, Greenpeace found two Nestle products - a fresh soya milk and a beancurd dessert both marketed under the brand Pak Fook - to contain GE ingredients, Monsanto's Roundup Ready-Soya. This year, the same Pak Fook fresh soya milk was found unchanged as well as Pak Fook Hi-calcium Life Soya Milk. According to Greenpeace, Nestle sent them a letter, dated 8 February, 2000, that stated: " we support a responsible use of gene technology but will refrain from using GMO derived ingredients where consumers are reluctant to accept."​ Greenpeace said in a statement on Monday that in a survey conducted in October 1999, more than 80 per cent of respondents said they would prefer non-GE food if given a choice while 95 per cent demanded a labeling system. "People in Hong Kong clearly do not want GE food but are still being forced to accept it. Greenpeace wants this tostop right now,"​ said Lo Sze Ping of Greenpeace China. "Some Nestle baby food products in Thailand are also found to have GE ingredients but Nestle in some countries in Europe have already gone GE free. Nestle is obviously applying double standards in Asia by dumping GE food in this part of the world."​ Lo Sze Ping stressed.

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