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Article posted Aug 08 2007, 7:22 PM Category: Health Source: Ode Magazine Print

Monsanto Goes GMO-Free - in its Cafeteria


UNITED KINGDOM. From now on, staff at the British headquarters of biotech giant Monsanto will be eating only non-genetically modified products on their lunch breaks. Foods containing genetically modified soy and corn are no longer available in the company cafeteria. Granada Food Services, which manages the canteen, is said to be concerned about health risks. Monsanto's press department contends the action was not the result of a boycott initiated by worried employees of theU.S. multinational.





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Owen Farmer

Posted: Aug 09 2007, 3:47 PM

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6269 Dear Sir,
I was so interested in this story that I contacted Monsanto and was assured that they do not have a cafeteria so they could hardly have a policy of avoiding GM foods.
We need to keep the credibility of your website in tact and I would therefore suggest that you publish a retraction to this statement unless you have evidence to the contrary.

Yours faithfully.

Owen Farmer
bolly

Posted: Aug 10 2007, 4:31 AM

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http://www.organicconsumers.org/Monsanto/moncafeteria.cfm have removed their report (file not found)

From http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x1507980:---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


"Ode Magazine, June 2007

Web Note: Speaks for itself, doesn't it? For more commentary on this news item, click here. To see OCA's compilation of Monsanto's various despicable activities, visit our Millions Against Monsanto page.

UNITED KINGDOM. From now on, staff at the British headquarters of biotech giant Monsanto will be eating only non-genetically modified products on their lunch breaks. Foods containing genetically modified soy and corn are no longer available in the company cafeteria. Granada Food Services, which manages the canteen, is said to be concerned about health risks. Monsanto's press department contends the action was not the result of a boycott initiated by worried employees of theU.S. multinational. "

From http://multinationalmonitor.org/mm2000/mm0001.01.html (JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2000 · VOLUME 21 · NUMBER 1 & 2) by Charlie Cray:---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Café FrankenFree

In another blow to its ability to repair the credibility of genetically engineered (GE) food, in December Monsanto admitted that GE food is banned from the cafeteria at the company's UK headquarters in High Wycombe. Company officials say the decision was made by its caterer, without soliciting input from Monsanto's employees.

Granada Food Services, whose customers include Monsanto's High Wycombe headquarters office, issued a statement which said the move was designed to "ensure that you, the customer, can feel confident in the food we serve."

A letter from Sutcliffe Catering, which is responsible for the food service at other Monsanto offices in Britain, states: "In response to concern raised by our customers over the use of GMFs [genetically modified foods], and to comply with government legislation we have taken the decision to remove, as far as is practicable, GM soya and maize from all food products served in our restaurant." The UK government has applied an EU law on labeling retail GM foods to caterers and restaurants.

At another UK Monsanto restaurant, GM foods have not been entirely removed. "We believe in choice," says Tony Combes, Monsanto UK's director of corporate affairs. "This is why at our Cambridge restaurant the statutory notice which complies with the law says ‘some foods may contain GMOs' as our staff are happy to eat foods which have been sprayed with less chemicals."

From: GENET-news ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


TITLE: Monsanto eatery bans altered food
SOURCE: The Associated Press
DATE: December 21, 1999

archive: http://www.gene.ch/


Monsanto eatery bans altered food

LONDON (AP) -- Genetically modified food has been banned from the staff cafeteria at Monsanto Co.'s UK headquarters by the company's own caterer, Monsanto confirmed Tuesday. Granada Food Services, whose customers include Monsanto's High Wycombe office near London, recently told clients it would not supply food containing genetically modified soya or maize due to customer concerns.

In a statement to clients, Granada said the move was designed "to ensure that you, the customer, can feel confident in the food we serve." Genetic engineering involves splicing a single gene from one organism to another. Genetically modified products, including Monsanto's genetically engineered corn, have recently met with safety concerns in parts of Europe and Asia.

In October, the European Union adopted new marketing rules requiring companies to label food as genetically modified if more than one percent of the product contains genetically modified organisms. Granada's statement said the ban also brings the company into compliance with the new regulations.

Monsanto played down the staff cafeteria policy, and denied it was an embarrassment to have a genetically modified food ban at the head office of a company manufacturing genetically modified crop seeds. "We believe in choice. At our Cambridge restaurant the notice says some products may contain genetically modified organisms because our staff are happy to eat foods sprayed with fewer chemicals," said Tony Combes, Monsanto's director of corporate affairs. Combes also pointed out that Granada's ban was a blanket ban covering all of its customers and did not target Monsanto specifically."It has nothing to do with us really," said Combes.

Opponents of genetically modified food said they believe the ban showed a lack of confidence in Monsanto, however. "The public has made its concerns about GM ingredients very clear. Now it appears that even Monsanto's own catering firm has no confidence in this new technology," said Adrian Bebb, food campaigner at Friends of the Earth.
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-| Hartmut MEYER
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-| GENET
-| The European NGO Network on Genetic Engineering
-| phone: #49-551-7700027
Anonymous

Posted: Oct 31 2007, 1:58 PM

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19053 see BBC News if you don't believe it. It's not as though Monsanto never lies to people...., honest!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/574245.stm
Anonymous

Posted: Feb 07 2011, 10:50 AM

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7129 So, what is the current situation? That was back in 2007!

Are the caterers using GE foods today?

And, if Monsanto thinks people whould have a choice, why are they so unwilling to have products on the grocery shelves labeled? !!!!!

http://myrasaidit.blogspot.com
Visit me here to learn about GMOs, Pesticides, and Insecticides.
Anonymous

Posted: Jun 16 2012, 7:36 PM

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98114 The problem is that our wheat & corn have been "genetically modified" here in the USA since the 1950s. Everything you've been eating since then that contains either wheat or corn contains GMOs. That's a lot of back peddling. And I can guarantee that like fluoride it'll be "grandfathered" so that they won't have to label it if it comes to that.
Ashley

Posted: Jun 27 2012, 5:06 AM

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2175 man, where is the fact checking?!
@ anonymous 98114 - I hate GMO's I eat an almost 100% organic diet but I can tell you that GM foods we're introduced to the public in the mid 90's. Perhaps there was experimenting with GM foods in the 50's, but not food sales - which is why we have yet to see the looooong term detrimental effects.

Monsato lies. to everyone. mostly to themselves. If you work there and you can sleep at night you just believe your own lies.
Anonymous

Posted: Mar 28 2013, 2:52 PM

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134124 Grow your own food because they are slow killers.
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