Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Please supply a list of all food products containing Monsanto GM products or grown using Monsanto pesticides and herbicides imported into the UK or grown in the UK using any Monsanto seed or pesticides or herbicides produced in the UK or imported from the US.

Also, is there any government policy towards this corporation and their products?

Yours faithfully,

Paul Chapman

Helpline, Defra (CCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Nganda, Josephine (FFG-EKB), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Mr. Chapman,

 

Please find attached a response to your Freedom of Information request for
Monsanto products available in the UK.

 

Regards,

 

Josephine Nganda

Head of Business Admin Unit, Food and Farming Science
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+ DEFRA, Area 8A (Millbank), 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR
' 0207 238 6655 FAX - 0207 238 3293
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Dear Nganda, Josephine (FFG-EKB),

Can you please clarify in that case?

You are stating that the department that is in charge and controls everything we eat and drink has absolutely no idea what Monsanto products are imported or sold in this country?

And that you really expect me to get any sort of answer that makes any sense from the most power-hungry corporation in the world?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Chapman

Nganda, Josephine (FFG-EKB), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Hi Paul

Please could you contact Mike Rowe directly with any queries as indicated on the response letter as he is best placed to answer your queries.

Thank you,

Jo Nganda

Josephine Nganda
Head of Business Admin Unit, Food and Farming Science
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 0207 238 6655 FAX - 0207 238 3293
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Dear Nganda, Josephine (FFG-EKB),

Please can you forward this request to the relevant person if you cannot answer it yourself.

I have no way to redirect FOI requests via this site.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Chapman

Nganda, Josephine (FFG-EKB), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Good morning Mike,

Email query attached refers.

Could you please respond to Paul.

Thanks
Jo Nganda

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Rowe, Mike (FFG-EKB), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dear Mr Chapman

Controls over what we eat and drink are enshrined in legislation and strictly enforced. If you would like further information on this and the enforcement regime in place to ensure food safety then I suggest you visit the Food Standards Agency's website at: http://www.food.gov.uk/enforcement/. The Food Standards Agency is an independent government department responsible for food safety and hygiene across the UK. They work with businesses to help them produce safe food, and with local authorities to enforce food safety regulations. They also aim to ensure that food produced or sold in the UK is safe to eat, that consumers have the information they need to make informed choices about where and what they eat and that regulation and enforcement is risk-based and focused on improving public health. If you still have concerns about any company's products then I suggest you avail yourself of the FSA's 'Contact Us' facility.

Yours Sincerely

Mike Rowe
Defra

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Dear Rowe, Mike (FFG-EKB),

Of course I have concerns, which is why I will ask again - so I do not have to ingest any of their genetically modified rubbish, pesticides and herbicides, please can you give me a list of products containing Monsanto products?

If I was in the US, the FDA would be able to do it, so are you telling me that you have absolutely no records and no idea what Monsanto products are available for sale in this country? That this company, controlled from overseas, can send us whatever they want, and you, as the regulators of what we eat, have no idea what it is? Is this done on trust?

And the best you can offer is a phone line or a website with no information on it?

I am not impressed and will press until the UK food regulatory body do their job and answer me...

Paul Chapman

Rowe, Mike (FFG-EKB), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dear Mr Chapman

I am sorry you are not satisfied with this response. I can only emphasise that:
- no GM crops are currently cultivated commercially in the UK
- any GM products sold in the UK must be clearly labelled as such, but there are very few available given the policies of UK retailers
- all food products, herbicides and pesticides are subject to strict safety controls and authorisation before they can be place don the UK market - but assessments are carried out on a product by product rather than company by company basis.

It is impossible to provide you with all the detailed information you seek. For example, some Monsanto pesticides/herbicides are widely available in the UK and can be used by both professional and non-professional growers i.e. allotment holders and domestic households. The cost to the taxpayer of introducing a system to track and regulate every single application or use of every single product at all stages of the food chain and that captured all food products, whether they're sold in supermarkets or farmers markets, would be incredibly high. Instead - the EU/UK system is geared towards assessing and authorising products before they are placed on the market to ensure safety - and once authorised as safe they are generally freely available (unless specific consent conditions are included in the instruments of authorisation). The weblinks provided in our original response to your request should allow you to search for all authorised GM products and pesticides where Monsanto is the authorisation holder. I do not know the intricacies of the FDA's system in the US, but we are bound by EU law and if you wish to inquire further about how and why the EU system is constructed in the way it is then I suggest you contact the European Commission.

I've tried to be as helpful as I can in terms of directing you to the available sources of information in response to your request but suspect I might not be able to be of any further assistance to you.

Yours sincerely.

Mike Rowe
Defra

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J E Noakes left an annotation ()

Well done to Paul Chapman for pressing this particular issue. I for one have the time and the willing to join Paul on this crusade to get some answers about the dealings of Monsanto and to find out why it seems ludicrously difficult to attain such a list that affects the food chain in the UK. It's enough to make one think there's a conspiracy going on at a higher level.
It really wouldn't surprise me if this particular company are in bed with some the global pharmeceutical companies that dominate this sector too. After all it's all about making money for the few at the top isn't it?

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs's handling of my FOI request 'Monsanto products available in the UK'.

I wish to know which products contain Monsanto products, plain and simple - or maybe not so simple, as it appears the department we taxpayers fund to regulate our food for us do not actually bother or have any interest in questioning this powerful corporation.

If I decide to sell faeces pies, I would imagine you would be kicking my door down in two seconds, so to allow me to know what Monsanto sh*t I am putting into my body, I want my government to supply me with a list of products containing anything produced by Monsanto and imported from overseas.

I do not want to hear excuses either - I know what documents need to be submitted to gain export licences, what requirements need to be met, so I expect my well-paid government to do the job they are paid to do and not make excuses - find the information and post it here please, as I will not let this drop .

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/mo...

Yours faithfully,

Paul Chapman

Helpline, Defra (CCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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may be of interest.  Some of our popular pages are:

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about badger control)

[3]http://www.defra.gov.uk/animal-diseases/...

•       Fishing (including Common Fisheries Policy)
[4]http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/mari...

•       Waste and recycling [5]http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/

•       Flooding [6]http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/floo...

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Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs) both require that you receive a reply
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limited circumstances.

Regards

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Defra

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requestforinfo (LCS-KIM), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Internal review of request for information RFI 4919 - Monsanto products
available in the UK  

 

 

Dear Mr Chapman,

 

 

Thank you for your email of 2 October, requesting an internal review of
the response to your request for information relating to Monsanto products
available in the UK. In line with our internal review procedures, your
case will be reviewed by Defra’s Head of Information Standards in
consultation with the relevant policy area that handled your request for
information.

 

We are reviewing your case under the Environmental Information Regulations
2004  (EIRs).

 

We will aim to respond to your appeal within 20 working days of receipt of
your request for an internal review.  As we received your request for
internal review on Monday,  24 September, the 20-day deadline for response
is Monday 30 October.  If for any reason we are unable to meet that
deadline, we will let you know the reason for this and keep you informed
of when you may expect to receive a reply.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jimmy Allimadi

Defra

Knowledge Transparency and Resilience

Transparency:  Public Requests for Information – Advice Service (PRIAS)

Area 1B, Ergon House, Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2AL

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requestforinfo (LCS-KIM), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

 

Dear Mr Chapman,

 

On 3 October 2012, I replied acknowledging receipt of your request and
advised that we aimed to complete the review by 30 October 2012.  However,
this has not been possible due to amount of searches we need to
undertake.  So, I am writing to advise you to expect a response no later
than 27 November 2012 or earlier.

 

 

Jimmy Allimadi

Defra

Knowledge Transparency and Resilience

Transparency:  Public Requests for Information – Advice Service (PRIAS)

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From: requestforinfo (LCS-KIM)
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To: [FOI #122741 email]
Cc: Kaye, Mike (LCS-KIM); Nganda, Josephine (FFG-EKB)
Subject: Internal review - Monsanto products available in the UK - RFI
4919

 

Internal review of request for information RFI 4919 - Monsanto products
available in the UK  

 

 

Dear Mr Chapman,

 

 

Thank you for your email of 2 October, requesting an internal review of
the response to your request for information relating to Monsanto products
available in the UK. In line with our internal review procedures, your
case will be reviewed by Defra’s Head of Information Standards in
consultation with the relevant policy area that handled your request for
information.

 

We are reviewing your case under the Environmental Information Regulations
2004  (EIRs).

 

We will aim to respond to your appeal within 20 working days of receipt of
your request for an internal review.  As we received your request for
internal review on Monday,  24 September, the 20-day deadline for response
is Monday 30 October.  If for any reason we are unable to meet that
deadline, we will let you know the reason for this and keep you informed
of when you may expect to receive a reply.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jimmy Allimadi

Defra

Knowledge Transparency and Resilience

Transparency:  Public Requests for Information – Advice Service (PRIAS)

Area 1B, Ergon House, Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2AL

Tel.  08459 33 55 77

 

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Kaye, Mike (LCS-KIM), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Mr Chapman,

Your email of 2 October 2012 requested an internal review of the response
you received on 27 July 2012, regarding information on a list of all food
products containing Monsanto GM products, grown, imported, or produced in
the UK or imported from the US.

My findings are set out in the attached letter.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Kaye

Mike Kaye
Head of Information Standards,

Knowledge, Transparency and Resilience

Area 1B, Ergon House
Horseferry Road
London SW1P 2AL
Tel: 020 7238 3256

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Alec Finch left an annotation ()

Dear All of you that put in a request;

I can give you an update on this without being given the run around! last night I spent 2 hours on the phone to a friend in the USA whom I know very well indeed for many years; he is currently dating the daughter who has serious health issues and her father became filthy rich in the USA working for Monsanto.

Sadly for us in the UK Cambells was a British brand trusted all products are GM thanks to Monsanto and I have been throwing out food for the last two days also so are Chicken Noodles. That is just only the half of it. Some other other products and companies I would like to name but cannot without being sued and I am an old man now. I can say that DEFRA will never give a straight forward answer and the food standards agency.

Keep your chin up people. I have securely sealed the food I threw away up to prevent any leakage and I am having to pay for it to be incinerated;,I would not even feed some cream crackers to wild birds I am that concerned.

Paul Chapman left an annotation ()

Thank you Alan, that is most helpful. It seems that Monsanto have worked out many backdoor routes into our food chain without any consultation or openness, which speaks volumes.

Dear Kaye, Mike (LCS-KIM),

Is it possible to know which department is responsible, in that case?

Would Customs and Excise have better records, considering it is their job to allow imports into the country?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Chapman

Alec Finch left an annotation ()

Dear Paul,

You actually now actually have the government agencies on the back-foot after the revelation I made regarding Monsanto.

If need be; It will need not take long with my contacts to name and shame who is who and who is involved. I suspect we have got check mate dear fellow.

They will never force a stale mate. I am with you all of the way and so are the public!

We now have sufficient purchase of knowledge to force them!

All the best

Alec

Dear Kaye, Mike (LCS-KIM),

Or possibly the FSA?

Yours sincerely,

Paul Chapman

Mrs O'Brien left an annotation ()

To Mr Chapman,

I realise this request is over a year old, but I just came across it reading about Monsanto. I believe your request couldn't be answered the way you asked it, because it was too general. I, too, would like a list of the produce being sold in UK supermarkets that has been grown from Monsanto seed. But if I were to ask for a list of all the products that had been sprayed with Monsanto herbicide, I would probably get a list that included every non-organic product in the country.

Like the guy Howe said in the first real reply, Roundup is sold to not just commercial farmers but even small gardeners, so if you grow vegetables in your garden and spray them with Roundup, guess what? This is why you cannot get a list of products that have a Monsanto footprint, so to speak.

Alec Finch left an annotation ()

Dear Mrs O'Brien;

Lovely comment and someone who cares! I would like to add that President Obama signed off a bill recently granting Monsanto complete immunity from <b> any lawsuit </b>

You can see the draft at this link

http://www.globalresearch.ca/monsanto-pr...

Personally I feel GM is to kill off some part of the population and is just like a biological weapon. We know about cloned meat too! Thank you anyway for sharing your concerns.

James Moore left an annotation ()

very old thread, I know, but for "commercial crops", read: anything that is marked "Roundup Ready". This is terminal seed, meaning that it will NOT spawn fertile plants. It will germinate a single generation of crop, and no viable seed. Also look at "Roundup", which contains Agent Orange - the same Agent Orange chemical compound that was used by the United States in Viet Nam to defoliate vast tracts of rainforest, and which is still causing horrific birth defects after forty-odd years' cessation. It persists in the soil, and is as difficult to get rid of as DDT and mercury.

Tamsin Martin left an annotation ()

Dear Alec, You are a wonderful man. I challenge you to tell all...go down in glory...please...for the sake of our children xx

Paul Chapman left an annotation ()

I apologise for not seeing any of these old replies, no idea why!

It is well known and obvious that Monsanto owns the US Government and will end up with privileges and dispensations unavailable to any other corporation...

It's also no surprise that they wish to kill off the bee to make their auto-germinating/autoflowering plant strains the norm!

It appears that the French are the only ones bothering to reject this chemical soup that gardeners spray all over their land [those same gardeners concerned about fracking!] so maybe the answer is to fuck off to France...

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