In November 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed the Traidcraft UK retail website and saw that the company produced a number of products containing uncertified dairy, including biscuits and sweets. Though the company used organic dairy in its organic products, no further information on the certification of dairy was found on the website.
According to the UK Food Standards Agency web page (April 2020) 'GM in animal feed': "According to the European Feed Manufacturers' Association (FEFAC), at least 85% of the EU's compound feed production is labelled to indicate that it contains GM or GM-derived material."
"FEFAC estimates that the EU feed industry imports more than 70% of its maize, soya and rapeseed requirements each year. Significant quantities of maize, in the form of distillers' dried grains and corn gluten feed, are imported from the USA and much of this will be GM. The USA also supplies the UK with GM sugar beet."
Due to the prevalence of genetically modified (GM) animal feed, and in the absence of a policy stating otherwise, Ethical Consumer considered it highly likely the company's milk would have been sourced from cattle fed GM animal feed.
Therefore the company lost a half mark in the Controversial Technologies category. Furthermore, as the company used uncertified dairy as an ingredient it lost half a mark in the Factory Farming category.
www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/ (9 November 2020)