Original story from The Hindu Business line October 9, 2013
NEW DELHI, OCT 9:
Food products giant Kellogg’s today said it favours genetically modified food but the company does not use such items in breakfast cereals sold in India as it is conscious of consumer preference.
“We are in favour of GM food as a company. We believe in safety and science of GM. Having said that, we are also concerned about consumers. We do not use GM (food) in our breakfast cereals sold in India,” US—based Kellogg’s, Division of Advanced Innovation, Research, Quality and Technology, Vice-President Ronald L McDermott, told PTI.
The GM food items are not used in products sold in Europe as well because of regulatory environment, he said on the sidelines of an event here.
Kellogg’s uses GM food items for the US market. It also sells organic products as the company believes in giving consumers choices, he noted.
In India, the Government has currently allowed commercial cultivation of cotton. It has imposed moratorium on Bt Brinjal because of safety concerns expressed by some section of the society.
Speaking about ‘rice from field to the fork’ at an event organised by agro-chemical firm Bayer CropScience, McDermott said, “Consumers are interested in knowing their food origin.