10 September 1999
United Biscuits hit by GM worries

CONSUMER concern over genetically-modified (GM) ingredients have been blamed for a fall of £1.5m fall in the profits of United Biscuits.

Concern over GM ingredients forced the company into a rapid reformulation of its Linda McCartney range of vegetarian foods earlier this year.

The entire range of Linda McCartney meat-free meals has been reformulated to replace soya ingredients with wheat-based substitutes.

Overall group profit in the first half of the year fell by 23% to £39.5m.