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USDA to buy contaminated corn seed

(March 8, 2001 --Cropchoice news)-- The USDA announced yesterday that it will offer to purchase seed containing the transgenic protein --Cry9c--in StarLink corn so that farmers don't plant it this year.

Seed companies had found traces of StarLink, approved only for livestock consumption, in about 1 percent of the seed corn intended for sale in 2001, according to the American Seed Trade Association.

Working through its Commodity Credit Corporation, the USDA will spend $15 to $20 million to buy the contaminated seed from companies not affiliated with Aventis, the producer of StarLink, or licensed to sell the transgenic corn.

The USDA urged farmers to verify that the corn seed they buy is free of StarLink.

Source: AgWeb