Titel:Rule shift could aid StarLink
            (Industry pushes for StarLink Tolerance)

Bron: Des Moines Register Washington Bureau
Via:     Biotech Activists (25 april 2001)
Datum: 25 april 2001

Rule shift could aid StarLink
EPA weighs allowing human food to contain traces of biotech corn; the
policy now calls for zero tolerance.
Des Moines Register Washington Bureau

Washington, D.C. - The Bush administration could seek to defuse the
StarLink controversy by allowing tiny traces of the controversial biotech corn to exist in human food, two industry officials said Tuesday.

The industry experts suggest a change in the Environmental Protection Agency's zero-tolerance policy on StarLink in human food after the agency received new information about health risks associated with StarLink.
That information came from Aventis CropScience, which produced StarLink.
The corn was originally approved only for animal feed and/or industrial uses. StarLink began showing up in food products last year, causing major disruptions in the grain industry because of fears that the corn could trigger allergic reactions in a small percentage of humans.
The EPA said new information submitted by Aventis indicates that human food products may be contaminated with StarLink "for the foreseeable future" but suggests that the level of contamination is so low it poses no health risk.
Aventis made a similar request of the EPA to allow trace amounts of StarLink in human food late last year, but the request was turned down by the EPA, which at that time was under the leadership of Democrat Carol Browner.
The agency now is led by Republican Christie Whitman, who was appointed by
"I would not be surprised to see some more flexibility on this issue" from
the Bush administration, said Don Roose, a market analyst with U.S. Commodities Inc. in West Des Moines.
Susan Keith, an official here with the National Corn Growers Association, called the EPA's announcement of the Aventis request "very positive."
The government's zero tolerance for StarLink has resulted in hundreds of food product recalls after traces of StarLink's unique Cry9C protein were found in taco shells, corn chips and other products.
As long as the EPA has a zero tolerance for StarLink in human food "major disruptions of the food supply will continue even though the theoretical risk is vanishingly small," Aventis told the EPA in a filing.
The EPA said Aventis' "new information is likely to be an important addition to the growing body of scientific data."
The agency said that Aventis' new data seem to confirm the EPA's belief that processing of corn into oil, syrup, alcohol and starch through a wet-milling process effectively eliminates the StarLink protein from finished foods. Earlier tests involving dry-milling to produce flour were
not as effective in eliminating the Cry9C protein, the EPA said.