Purity to seek GM-free maize for infant foods

By Nompumelelo Magwaza

Tiger Brands had begun the process of sourcing non genetically modified (GM) maize for its Purity baby products following complaints by the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) and consumers, the food producer said yesterday.

Tiger Brands’ managing executive for home, personal and babycare products, Martin Lind, said Purity had begun searching for sources of GM-free maize after concerns were raised about local and international suppliers.

“Our challenge is that the majority of countries use GM seeds in maize production.”

Tiger Brands was responding to accusations that its Purity Cream of Maize and Purity Baby’s First baby cereals contained high levels of GM maize.

According to ACB tests, Purity Cream of Maize contained 56.2 percent GM maize while Purity Baby’s First contained 71.4 percent. Tiger Brands was accused of ignoring concerns from 1 000 consumers who had…

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