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OCA and Greenpeace Call
on Safeway to Stop testing
GE foods on Kids

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2002

SAFEWAY'S GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD: TESTED
ON KIDS, NOT MOTHER APPROVED

Mothers Join Greenpeace, Organic Consumers Association, Pesticide Action
Network to Protest Safeway's Use of Untested Genetically Engineered
Ingredients

Pleasanton, Calif. - In honor of Mother's Day, mothers, Greenpeace,
Organic Consumers Association and Pesticide Action Network joined
together at Safeway's headquarters to protest the grocery chains use of
genetically engineered (GE) foods. The group is demanding that Safeway
remove untested GE ingredients from its store brand products and in
particular its Select brand infant formula. The activists conveyed their
message with a banner reading, "Safeway's Genetically Engineered Food
Tested on Kids, Not Mother Approved." The group also requested a meeting
with Safeway's CEO, Steven Burd, about these risky foods and promises to
continue to pressure Safeway until it commits to going GE-free.

Laboratory testing commissioned by Greenpeace has revealed that Safeway
Select Infant Formula is made with genetically engineered soy. The
findings follow a recent report by the preeminent British scientific
organization, The British Royal Society, which called for infant
formulas that contain genetically engineered ingredients to be
"investigated more rigorously" because infants are more vulnerable to
potential health risks of these experimental foods.

"Safeway is making children the guinea pigs in the genetic experiment on
our food supply," said Jeanne Merrill, Greenpeace genetic engineering
campaigner. "Safeway must act to protect children and their families
by removing genetically engineered ingredients from its infant formulas
and all other store brand products."

The British Royal Society, the UK's National Academy of Sciences, in the
report, Genetically Modified Plants for Food Use and Human Health - An
update, called for more health safety tracking of genetically engineered
food products, particularly those foods consumed by infants. The
scientists note that infants are especially vulnerable to the health
risks caused by genetically engineered foods, since formula is often
their sole or primary food for an extended period. The report
specifically mentions allergies as a potential consequence that should
be monitored among infants and children who are exposed to GE foods.

"Safeway's GE foods are not even labeled, so there is no way for parents
or doctors to monitor these critical health issues," stated concerned
mother Judith Barish. "People have the right to know what they are
feeding their children. If Safeway truly cares about their customers, it
will stop secretly polluting their food."

Safeway uses genetically engineered food in its store brand products
without any warning to its customers. By keeping its use of genetically
engineered ingredients a secret, American shoppers are left in the dark
about this important health and environmental issue. Since Safeway won't
let consumers know about genetically engineered food, Greenpeace has
complied a list of over 2,000 food products that do and do not contain
genetically engineered products. The True Food Shopping List can be
found at www.truefoodnow.org.

Greenpeace is advising shoppers to:
* Let Safeway know they don't want genetic experiments in their food;
* Become informed shoppers by reading labels and identifying foods that
are commonly engineered, like corn, soy, and canola or cotton seed oil;
and
. Visit the Web sites
www.truefoodnow.org
www.organicconsumer.org
www.pannna.org

CONTACT: Alisa Arnett, Greenpeace media, (415) 255-9221, ext. 330; (415)
407-9293 mobile or Jeanne Merrill, Greenpeace GE Campaigner (415)
999-4249.



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