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EPA Refuses to Declare Starlink Corn Safe

The Environmental Protection Agency Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) has confirmed that genetically engineered StarLink corn poses a potential allergy risk to humans. The panel remained unconvinced by the data submitted by Aventis CropScience, the developers of StarLink, that there was no risk in human consumption of the corn.

In a one-day meeting held in Washington, DC, the SAP, comprised of experts from around the world, heard presentations by the EPA on reports from consumers who claimed to have had allergic reactions after eating products containing StarLink. Aventis is trying to get EPA approval that would allow the genetically engineered corn to enter the human food supply. At the moment, it is only approved for use as animal feed. One of the reasons the company is trying to convince the EPA that StarLink is safe is because it has been unable to prevent contamination of regular corn by the StarLink variety.

"This is the second time that the EPA has convened an advisory panel on StarLink and both times it has concluded that concerns about StarLink in the food supply are valid," said Richard Caplan, Environmental Advocate for the State Public Interest Research Group.

One scientist on the SAP panel stated that there is no threshold as to what amount of a substance makes a food an allergen. Even extremely small amounts of the corn could cause an allergic reaction in humans. This is especially worrisome, due to the recent reports of Genfood contamination.

Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois uncovered evidence showing that the level of the suspected protein allergen that is genetically engineered into StarLink corn may be 20 to 500 times higher than has been reported by Aventis.

The EPA's scientific panel advisory report can be found ttp://www.epa.gov/scipoly/sap,here.

In addition, Senator Richard Durbin (D-Il), found evidence in Adventis' records that the level of the suspected protein allergen engineered into the corn may be 20-500 times higher than Adventis has reported. For further information, click here.

Information about how to avoid buy genetically engineered foods can be found in the book Genetically Engineered Foods, which has been featured on Dreamland. For ordering information, click here.

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