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U.S. grain transportation infrastructure not equipped to segregate transgenics

(April 19, 2001 --Cropchoice news) -- The U.S. grain transportation infrastructure is ill-equipped to identify and segregate transgenic varieties.

One need only remember the StarLink corn episode. Aventis' transgenic corn, approved only for livestock feed, contaminated the human food chain last year. The discovery of StarLink in taco shells and other corn products spawned a wave of recalls. Japan and South Korea responded by cutting back on their U.S. corn shipments.

James A. Bair, vice president of the North American Millers Association, told Boston Globe reporters that widespread and growing cultivation of transgenic crops will make food that's free of the technology harder to find and more expensive within five to 10 years.

Source: The Boston Globe