GMO DETECTED IN BABY FOOD IN TURKEY
Just 2 days after the protests against GMOs, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Turkey declared they have detected a genetically modified organism (GMO) in the infant formulas APTAMIL brand of MILUPA company.
Following the discovery, they sent notice to every province to withdraw certain products from the company.
After checks in the central Control Laboratory in Ankara, it became certain that the Milupa Aptamil Multigrain includes GMO products.
The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock told that no GMO product was detected during the company’s process when they received the license of import to Turkey. “However, after GMOs are detected during the checks of the products on the market, they are recalled from the market and a legal procedure is started, investigating the firm,” said the ministry in a statement.
Numil Gıda A.Ş., the firm which imports products from Milupa to Turkey, released a statement over the claims and confirmed they have recalled certain products from the market as a “cautionary judgment.”
“Our product Aptamil Multigrain has no GMOs in it and is produced in Portugal in line with the European Union infant nurture regulations,” said the company in a statement released on its website May 26.
“Although all laboratories are approved by the ministry in our country, their work may have different calibration degrees due to the lack of unanimity about the methods that should be used in analyzing GMOs in Turkey. The differences in laboratory analyses in this product also show this,” said the statement, adding that they have recalled the product as a cautionary judgment.
From a general point of view, we are against consumption of so-called baby foods produced by those multinational brands. Every baby has the right to be fed by its mother with breast milk under normal conditions.
Producer companies of those foods may claim that their products conform to this regulation or that standard. Do they really conform to Islamic rules? Are our babies safe when they are fed by such foods?
Better to stay away from those industrial foods. You can’t be too careful these days.
From the Halal point of view, we are always against the use of GMOs and we carry out lab tests for checking GMOs regularly and whenever a test results shows detection any signs of GMO, the Halal certificate is revoked immmediately and the company is banned from new application for Halal certification for a period of 5 years.