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Environmentalists protest banned food additives at Moscow rally-1

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MOSCOW, June 1 (RIA Novosti) - Environmentalists held a protest in central Moscow Thursday after banned additives were found in Moscow supermarket sausages popular with children.

About 15 Greenpeace activists wearing rabbit costumes marched on the Health Ministry building holding a gigantic carrot made of balloons and banners with slogans including: "Our Children are not Guinea Pigs" and "Baby Food without GM".

About 30 people took part in the rally, including adults and children.

The National Association for Genetic Safety, a non-governmental consumer watchdog in Russia, said Wednesday it had checked sausages from Perekryostok supermarkets in Moscow and discovered carrageenan, which is prohibited in baby food, and genetically modified soy, which was a serious violation of the law on consumers' rights.

The demonstrators said they would ask the ministry to prohibit the use of genetically modified additives in baby food following the rally.

"The Moscow government is drafting a resolution [to control the production and turnout of GM food] but it must also be adopted at the federal level," a Greenpeace press secretary said.

According to the National Association for Genetic Safety, 20% of children currently suffer from food allergies, but the figure could grow to 50% in 2015.

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