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GM cooking oil: What's in your chips?

GM cooking oil is widely used by take-aways and caterers and the law says they must tell their customers. Many are not doing so but you can help change that and give everyone an informed choice.


11 Mar 2015

Local campaigners taking positive action

Local campaigners in a few different locations have been taking positive action to educate businesses about the law on GM labelling and encourage them to switch to GM-free. Read on below to find out how you can join them or do something similar where you live.


What you can do

If you live in an area where local campaigners are working on this issue, please join them.  The ones we know about are:
 
GM Free Forest Row - email and facebook
Veggies of Nottingham
 
If you don't live near any existing groups and would like to set one up in your area, please get in touch.
 
GM cooking oils  
 

Or if you would just like to help make a difference as you go about your daily life, please ask at the counter every time you visit a take away or restaurant.

Points to include:

  • Every time a customer asks about GM it lets the staff know that using GM will lose them business. It's best to visit before you are feeling really hungry so that you are prepared to leave without buying anything should you learn that GM oil is being used.
  • Many staff will not know what oil they are using so you may need to ask them to check in the store room. The cans of oil will be labelled GM if the oil inside has been genetically modified. This may be the first time that the staff have noticed that fact because it is not always clear on wholesalers' websites or in catalogues.
  • It is perfectly legal to use GM oil but it should be clearly marked on the menu. A general statement that products may contain GM ingredients does not satisfy the law.
  • Please always be polite and positive - we are aiming to educate and encourage small businesses to do the right thing, not get them into trouble with the authorities.


Background to this action

Other things you can do

1) Read all about it

- GM with your Chips?: GM labelling and traceability re: food sold from catering and fast food establishments

- GM Labelling and Traceability: Enforcing enforcement

- GM Food and Crops: Maintaining consumer choice - A report of a survey on the enforcement of the EU GM Traceability and Labelling Regulations

2) Encourage local businesses to tell customers they are GM free with our handy window sign and pledge you can download and print for *free*.

3) Survey local caterers using this survey from GM Free Derbyshire to help you get started

4) If you see GM products in the shops you can warn other shoppers and let the companies know what you think through our page www.gmfreeze.org/spotted

All previous updates

16 Feb 2012

Croydon issues great new guidelines

The London Borough of Croydon has issued very helpful information about GM in caterers. - feel free to use it, or even send it to your Trading Standards office asking them to emulate it. See http://www.croydon.gov.uk/business/foodsafety/foodsafetymgmnt/fd/gmfood

11 Mar 2015

Local campaigners taking positive action

Local campaigners in a few different locations have been taking positive action to educate businesses about the law on GM labelling and encourage them to switch to GM-free. Read on below to find out how you can join them or do something similar where you live.