NGOs call for liberation of Kazakhstan from GMOs
On August 1, in Almaty, Kazakhstan local NGOs - Foundation for Integration of Ecological Culture – FIEC (member of CIS Alliance for Biosafety) and Kazakh Consumer League demanded to stop selling the lot of Nestle baby food, containing GMOs and called for declaring moratorium on GMOs in the country.
Earlier in April NGOs accused Nestle of violation of Kazakhstan legislation by using GMOs in milk substitute. According to the Kazakhstan Law “On Quality and Safety of Food”, any use of GMOs in babyfood is prohibited since 2004.
GMOs were found in NAN non-lactose milk substitute produced by Nestle in Netherlands and sold in Almaty shops. Tests were made in Moscow lab Olympic.
Nestle claimed that it was not true and proposed to test a control sample of its babyfood in Kazakhstan nutrition academy lab. But standards for testing of food on GMOs still not adopted in Kazakhstan, it means that the results of Kazakh labs cannot be recognized as official ones. Moreover, local NGOs do not trust national nutrition research academy who lobby GMOs. Instead FIEC suggested Nestle to test its controversial babyfood in EU, but still did not receive an answer. Now NGOs plan to bring a case against the firm.