Nestle loses food fight in Russia

Nov. 1, 2004 at 8:47 PM
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MOSCOW, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The giant Nestle food corporation lost a legal battle Monday over genetically modified products in Russia, the Moscow Times reported.

The Swiss food corporation had filed a lawsuit against the Moscow-based National Association for Genetic Safety for claiming the company's children's food products sold in Russia contained heavy doses of genetically modified additives.

However, a judge at the Moscow Arbitration Court rejected Nestle's claim that the report damaged Nestle's business reputation, the Moscow Times said, citing an Interfax news agency report. The judge also turned down Nestle's appeal for an independent laboratory test to be conducted on its products, Interfax said.

The association's report claimed a series of Nestle children's food products, as well as those of other international corporations, contained significant amounts of genetically modified soya lecithin, the association's acting director, Konstantin Razbash told Interfax.

In a statement Monday, Nestle said it would appeal the ruling and denied any of its products contained genetically modified foods.

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