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Sweden: Lantmannen Cerealia Withdraws Linseed Products on GMO Discovery.

15 December 2009 - Lantmannen Cerealia has withdrawn some crushed linseed products manufactured under the GoGreen brand in Sweden after finding traces of a genetically modified linseed.

"LantmA[currency]nnen Cerealia has given instructions to its dealers to immediately stop sales of the product. Consumers who have purchased GoGreen crushed linseed with best-before date 01.09.2010 are asked to contact LantmA[currency]nnen Cerealia", the company told FLEXNEWS in a statement.

The origin of the linseed was not disclosed.

The discovery occurred only a few months after the EU quarantined several consignments of Canadian flax shipments that had genetically modified flaxseed in them.

Under its zero tolerance policy for genetically-modified material, the EU does not accept any GMO flax.

Canada supplies approximately 70% of the total linseed used in the EU annually.

According to LantmA[currency]nnen Cerealia, GoGreen is a leading brand in Sweden for products including beans, lentils and salsas also belongs to the business area. GoGreen has significant positions in Finland and Norway as well.

The brand is manufactured by food company GoGreen AB, which mainly sells bean salad and soya drinks, cashew nuts and dips.

The GoGreen brand was launched in Sweden in autumn 2004 and has expanded strongly ever since. GoGreen became a limited company in 2005, when Finnish food group Raisio purchased 50% of the shares from Swedish-owned Cerealia, now LantmA[currency]nnen. In January 2008, LantmA[currency]nnen regained 100% ownership of the company.

GoGreen is based in LinkA[paragraph]ping, Sweden, where it packs and distribute the majority of our products. The marketing organisation and the CEO are located in Solna, just north of Stockholm.

Sourced from many different parts of the world, the products come to LinkA[paragraph]ping for distribution out to Nordic supermarkets. The Nordic region provides the oats for our liquid oat products, and brown beans and yellow peas are grown on Swedish farms.
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