Starlink Corn Gene Found in Japanese Beer
Japan’s Health and Welfare Ministry said Wednesday, Dec. 27 that it had confirmed that U.S.-grown genetically modified corn banned for consumption in Japan and elsewhere had been mixed with corn used for brewing beer and making processed foods. Of a batch of about 38,000 tons of corn imported from the United States, about 28,000 might have been blended with the StarLink variety, according to the ministry.
Such incidents are expected to place continued pressure on American food exports in general, and corn in particular. There is presently no effective way to prevent StarLink corn from entering the food chain almost at random, due to the lack of any effective methods of tracking the product.