It’s out of the frying pan and into the deep-frier for KFC, who, after facing heat for hormone scandals, has now been accused of serving soybean milk made from genetically modified soybeans. They vehemently deny these allegations. ECNS reports:
The Centre Testing International Corporation tested soybean milk sold by the fast-food restaurants Yonghe King, McDonald’s and KFC, as well as by a 7-Eleven convenience store. Genetically modified ingredients were found in KFC’s soybean milk, according to the video released Wednesday on a video website huajiao.com.
KFC China on Thursday cited a supplier of its soybean milk powder as saying that its soybeans come from China’s northeast area and are not genetically modified.
It also doubted the results and demanded more information about the sample-collecting process and the qualifications of the inspection organization.
Zhu Yi, of the China Agricultural University’s College of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering, said that in China GM products must be labeled in accordance with the law. But GM soybean milk does not pose a risk to people’s health, as GM soybeans are recognized as safe internationally, he added.
Experts said China’s GM soybeans, mainly imported, are only allowed to be fed to animals or used in extracted oil, which means GM soybeans can’t be served at tables.
Genetically modified crops (GMOs) have ignited debate throughout China’s food industry. With China’s new one-child policy and the ensuing strain it will put on the world’s food supply, experts have stated that China must increasingly look to GMOs such as Yuan Longping’s super rice. Problem is the public’s not too keen on them.
China recently rejected 60,000 tons of corn from the US because it harbored unapproved transgenic content. But so far, most of the fears surrounding genetically modified crops – reduces sperm count, causes cancer – are unfounded.
Nonetheless, KFC is increasingly turning into a Kentucky Fried Company, especially seeing how its profits flatlined last year.