BACOLOD City – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental on Feb. 1, 2017 initiated moves against the entry of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) into the province starting with the proposal to amend the province’s ordinance on genetically modified organisms (GMO).
Board Member Alain Gatuslao, committee on laws chair, said provincial board members agreed that one of the amendments to the anti-GMO ordinance is “to require firms that use HFCS to assure that the ingredient does not contain GMOs.”
That would be our first step. We will also ask Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., to increase the appropriation for the implementation of the anti-GMO ordinance from the current P200,000 only,” Gatuslao said.
He said that when they talked with experts, “they told us that just because HFCS comes from corn it does not mean that it has GMO.”
“But, they said that most of the corn nowadays has GMOs. We cannot just open a bottle of soft drink and say that the HFCS used in it has GMO, so they used be the ones to declare that their products has no GMO,” he added.
Gatuslao said they are also “facilitating for the other board members also submit their own proposed amendments.”