The Intermarché Group, which owns the Mosqueteiros hypermarkets, has admitted to selling a vegetable oil that could possibly contain transgenic ingredients and said that the oil would be completely removed from the market by the end of the month.
“Intermarché confirms the existence of a vegetable oil sold under the Top Budget brand (…), one of which could eventually contain transgenic ingredients, specifically soya oil made from genetically modified soya”, an official source told Lusa News Agency.
The company was reacting to results published at the beginning of this week from a study carried out by the Transgenic Platform, which classified Intermarché as the worst on a list of ten hypermarkets where concerning discrepancies between the politics the stores claim to have regarding the exclusion of transgenic and its effective presence in stores.
In a statement sent to
Lusa News Agency, the Mosqueteiros source explained that “the inclusion of genetically modified ingredients in the afore-mentioned product is duly identified on its labelling, as required by current law” and that it gives “the option to the consumer.”
However, the same source said that the product is being removed from the group’s hypermarkets shelves.
“Taking into account the Os Mosqueteiros group’s policies of not using genetically modified organisms [GMOs] or ingredients originating from GMOs in their own-brand products, the food commercial director decided to discontinue the product”, it was explained.
The decision to remove the product had already been made last year, but “due to commitments of a commercial nature” it is still being sold until stocks run out, which should not take longer than the first quarter of 2013.