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Wednesday, 15 December, 1999, 14:12 GMT
Welsh shoppers still worried about GM food

GM food Stores have begun reacting to GM food concerns


Most people in Wales are still worried about the safety of genetically modified food.

A Welsh Consumer Council survey shows that nearly two-thirds of people in Wales are worried that GM food is available in our supermarkets.

The same amount of consumers thought it was better to avoid buying GM food.

Policy and Development Officer Teleri Jones said: "A negative climate and a collapse in support by consumers has arisen due to worries about new technological developments, mad cow disease, and media coverage calling it 'Frankenstein food'.



Consumers have a right to choose whether or not to eat GM food.
Teleri Jones, Welsh Consumer Council


"Consumers have a right to safe food," she said.

"They should have a choice in what they eat and in order to make a decision, they need information.

"All GM food must be clearly labelled and non-GM alternatives must be available for consumers to ensure a genuine choice of food.

'Assurances'

"Consumers have a right to choose whether or not to eat GM food.

"They must be able to select from a range of products with an assurance of satisfactory quality at a reasonable price."

The Welsh Consumer Council is calling on the Government in Westminster, the National Assembly and consumers to demand more information and research.

The council feels there is an urgent need for the Food Standards Agency to restore consumer confidence, and to protect the well-being of Welsh consumers.

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