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USDA delays release of corn-contamination data

(March 5, 2001 --Cropchoice news)-- The USDA has delayed release of industry data that may indicate how much corn seed contains traces of transgenic StarLink corn.

The American Trade Association planned to announce on Friday how much of this year's seed stock had tested positive. However, at the last minute, the industry group decided to let the USDA take the lead on the issue.

The U.S. government had approved StarLink, which Aventis CropScience produced and marketed, only for livestock feed. Nonetheless, the corn that scientists suspect may be allergenic because of its Cry9c protein, contaminated the human food supply last year. A slew of food recalls followed. Japan and South Korea, who hadn't approved StarLink for any use, reacted by cutting their corn imports.

Source: Doane Agricultural Services