StarLink Corn Found in More Foods Than Previously Thought


| April 30, 2001


StarLink Corn Found in More Foods Than Previously Thought,Environmental News Network (UPI)
I've got a great idea for reducing drunk driving: raise the legal blood alcohol limit from .08 percent like it is in many states, to, oh, say 50 percent. That way, no one on the road will be legally drunk, but will you feel safer? This may sound like a crazy idea but it isn't completely novel. The makers of StarLink corn -- a genetically engineered variety that hasn't been approved for human consumption but has been detected in the human food supply recently, namely in taco shells -- are employing this logic by asking the EPA to set acceptable levels of its controversial product in the grain supply, according to an April UPI report carried by the Environmental News Network. The EPA announced last week that recent data show StarLink has been detected in more foods than previously thought. Cry9C, a protein contained in StarLink corn, produces an anti pest toxin that is suspected of causing allergic reactions in humans. Aventis CropScience, the makers of StarLink, are suggesting an acceptable level of 20 parts per million, based on their own research. But, according to Larry Bohlen of the watchdog group Friends of the Earth (FOE), 'There's still not adequate scientific information about whether StarLink is an allergen to set any tolerance level. It's not like arsenic where there's 40 years of research.'
--Al Paulson
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