|May 21, 2004, as reported
by just-food.com: The New Zealand unit of McDonald’s
informed its chicken suppliers it will no longer purchase chickens
that have been raised on genetically modified feed. The decision came
in response to a campaign by environmental advocate group Greenpeace
that has criticized the fast-food company and its purchasing habits.
“McDonald's has given us a position statement consistent
with the stance the company has taken in Europe which urges its
chicken suppliers to source non-GE [genetically engineered] soy
feed,” Greenpeace GM campaigner Steve Abel was quoted by the
New Zealand Herald as saying.
Greenpeace, who has maintained their campaign against the chain
for the last few weeks, has announced it will abandon its efforts
as long as McDonalds makes good on its promise.
“We will be keeping a close eye on these shipments and seeking
independent testing of the soy to demonstrate its non-GE purity,”
Inghams, McDonald’s main chicken supplier in New Zealand,
has told the fast-food company its next two shipments of soy meal
into the country would come from a non-GM area of Brazil.