07 May 1999
Northern Foods bans GM foods

NORTHERN Foods is removing genetically modified (GM) ingredients from its brands following consumer fears over their safety.

The company is one of Britains biggest food manufacturers and supplies all the major supermarkets.

Northerns ban, which has not been announced, follows similar bans by Tesco, Sainsburys and Safeway.

It is a potential embarrassment for the government because Northern chairman Lord Haskins is a well-known friend of Prime Minister Tony Blair.