Australian company's GM-claim ruffles feathers

December 8, 2003, Protesters dressed in chicken suits gathered at shopping centers in several cities around the country to draw attention to GM-improprieties by Australia’s largest poultry producer Ingham Enterprises.

The activists, from the international environment lobby group Greenpeace, were protesting the company’s use of GM soy despite an advertising claim that assert their products are GM-free.

Ingham Enterprises has previously said that the use of GM ingredients did not affect the GM-free status of its chicken products.

"Animals that eat feed with a component of GM soymeal are no different to alternative animals that may have been fed a low-GM or GM-free diet,” the company said in a statement in October.

"There is no GM DNA evident in the animal tissues. There is no scientific evidence to support the Greenpeace statements."

Greenpeace claims Ingham Enterprises is the largest single user of GM soy in Australia. The group also says many consumers were concerned about the use of GM soy in chicken feed, reported the Australian Associated Press.