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GM products are creeping into our shops

Products with GM labels are creeping quietly onto supermarket shelves - here we help you to spot them and make your feelings known.


21 Mar 2015

Domino's pizzas have gone GM

After a tip-off from an eagle-eyed supporter we have discovered the Domino's are now selling genetically modified pizzas. Two of the base options are affected but the Domino's website was claiming that all of their products were GM-free as late as yesterday (20 March). Funnily enough they changed that once the Daily Mail had noticed (see our press section).

Domino's claim that the move is a temporary measure - please help make sure that's the case by letting them know that you don't want GM in your takeaway.


What you can do

In the UK, foods made with GM ingredients need to say so on the label. This is a legal requirement and is one of the main reasons why there is very little GM on our shelves. However some GM foods, mostly highly processed and often from North America, have been gradually creeping onto the shelves of UK supermarkets and discount retailers. Here we share information about the ones we have heard about so that you can avoid them and let the retailers know how you feel.

If you find a product containing GM for sale in the UK, please email info[at]gmfreeze.org with:

  • the name of the product
  • the GM ingredient(s) concerned
  • the name and address of the shop where you found it
  • the date you saw the item for sale
  • a photograph of the label stating the GM content if at all possible
  • what, if anything, the store manager has to say in response to any complaint you make

And if you don't like what you see, please tell the branch manager and get in touch with head office to ensure that they understand that their customers don't want to buy or eat GM. You can find contact details for the main UK supermarkets here

You can also leave "calling cards" in shops where you find GM items or ingredients.

Products containing GM, recently spotted for sale in the UK

Domino's Pizzas

  • Domino's, March 2015 - Thin and Crispy Crust and Double Decadence bases

Gaucho Ranch Dulce de Leche milk caramel spread

  • Ocado, December 2014

General Mills Lucky Charms cereal

  • Tesco, May and November 2014 (both spotted in Guildford and Slough)

General Mills Lucky Charms marshmallow cereal bars

  • Tesco.com, May 2014

Hershey Cookies 'n Chocolate

  • Tesco, November 2014 (spotted in London)

     

Hershey Cookies 'n Creme

Hersheys Cookies n Creme

  • Tesco, November 2014 (spotted in Glasgow)
  • UCL Shop, University College London, February 2015
  • Waitrose, March 2015 (spotted in London)
  • Centra, March 2015 (spotted in Armagh)

 

Hershey Creamy Milk Chocolate

  • Tesco, November 2014 (spotted in London)

Hershey - various

  • The Happy Apple, February 2015 (spotted in Totnes)

Hostess Twinkies

  • Tesco, November 2014 (spotted in Slough)

Marshamallow Fluff

  • Tesco, November 2014 (spotted in Slough)

Mike and Ike's Fruit Candies

  • Tesco, November 2014 (spotted in London)

Moravian Cookie

  • Marks and Spencer, November 2014 (sugar, chocolate and cranberry & orange varieties)

Tootsie Roll Candy Bar

  • Tesco, November 2014 (spotted in London)

Nestle Baby Ruth:

  • B&M Bargains, July 2014 (spotted in Manchester)

Nabisco Oreo Peanut Butter Cream Cookies:

  • Tesco, March 2014 (spotted in Leytonstone)

Nabisco Oreo Mint Cream:

  • Tesco, November 2014 (spotted in Manchester)

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups:

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups ingredients

  • Tesco, November 2014 (milk chocolate six packs, spotted in Manchester)
  • B&M Bargains, July 2014 (spotted in Manchester)
  • Tesco.com, May 2014 (both regular and white chocolate)
  • UCL Shop, University College London, February 2015 (three packs)
  • Waitrose, March 2015 (spotted in Clapham Junction, London)

Reese's Pieces, peanut butter candy:

  • Tesco, February 2015 (spotted in Plymouth, London and Manchester)
    Reese's Pieces on supermarket shelf

Reese's puffs:

  • Tesco, January 2015 (spotted in Haddington, East Lothian)

Reese's sticks:

  • Tesco.com, May 2014

Reese's - various

  • The Happy Apple, February 2015 (spotted in Totnes)

Ton Ton Sauce:

  • Marks and Spencer, November 2014 (Hibachi, Teriyaki and Ginger varieties, spotted in Camden, Brent Cross and Altrincham)

    GM sauce in M&S



Background to this action

The following GM-containing products were spotted on UK shelves a while ago. Some may still be lurking, some have been quietly removed but your comments and refusal to buy others has led to some products being re-formulated to avoid GM, as reported on the GM Watch website.  We are making a difference.

Create a Treat Gingerbread Train kit:

  • Hobbycraft, January 2014

General Mills Bacos Bacon Flavour Soya chips:

  • Tesco and Morrisons/March 2009

Hershey's Nutrageous chocolate bars:

  • Tesco/from January 2009
  • Sainsbury's/from March 2009
  • Co-op February 2014

KTC cooking oil:

  • Tesco/from December 2008
  • Somerfield from March 2009
  • Sainsbury's April 2012
  • Asda, July 2012
  • GM oil is also sometimes used by chip shops and other restaurants. See our action about GM cooking oil for more information.

OSEM cream crackers:

  • Morrison's, July 2011

OSEM sesame cracker:

  • Waitrose, March 2012

OSEM wafers chocolate flavour:

  • Sainsbury's, October 2013

Pride cooking oil:

  • Tesco, Coop/from January 2007
  • Sainsbury's/from February 2008

Schwartz Seasoned Salad Topping:

  • Sainsbury's/from March 2009

 

 

All previous updates

17 Mar 2015

Now Waitrose are at it

Last year Marks & Spencer started stocking GM cooking sauces and cookies, then today we heard about GM American Candy bars on the shelves in Waitrose. Many customers will be shocked because Waitrose has a much better record than most on GM animal feed (see www.gmfreeze.org/gmfed).

Please be #overheardinwaitrose saying no!

21 Mar 2015

Domino's pizzas have gone GM

After a tip-off from an eagle-eyed supporter we have discovered the Domino's are now selling genetically modified pizzas. Two of the base options are affected but the Domino's website was claiming that all of their products were GM-free as late as yesterday (20 March). Funnily enough they changed that once the Daily Mail had noticed (see our press section).

Domino's claim that the move is a temporary measure - please help make sure that's the case by letting them know that you don't want GM in your takeaway.