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StarLink Testing May End

EPA is asking for public comments on a recommendation to stop testing for the StarLink gene in corn.

StarLink, a biotech insect-resistant variety of corn, was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency as animal feed but not for human consumption. The worry was the possibility of allergic reaction to the Cry9C protein in the grain.

When StarLink was discovered in human food in 2000, its registration was voluntarily cancelled by the registrant and the Food and Drug Administration suggested a comprehensive testing program for all yellow corn.

An EPA white paper, which analyzes the milling industry's testing for the past seven years, shows no added human health protection from the continued testing for StarLink. Of the more than 412 million bushels tested for StarLink in 2006, 99.99% were negative. The paper recommends the withdrawal of FDA's guidance for StarLink testing.

To find more information about the EPA proposal and to provide public comment, click HERE.

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