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Aventis wants minimum tolerance levels for StarLink

(April 16, 2001 --Cropchoice news)-- Aventis, the producer of StarLink, wants the federal government to set a tolerance level for the presence of the transgenic corn in food products.

The company admits that removing the variety from the food supply might be impossible, at least for the next few years.

Aventis has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in attempts to segregate StarLink, and to pay farmers, elevators and processors for the sales they lost when foreign markets rejected their contaminated corn.

Despite the fact that StarLink had approval only for use in livestock feed, it turned up in taco shells last year. This triggered numerous recalls. Foreign markets, particularly Japan and South Korea, that had not approved the variety for livestock or human food use cut their U.S. corn imports.

Source: Rooster.com