More StarLink Problems in Japan

Reuters Reports More StarLink Problems in Japan

January 16, 2001

A new discovery of gene-spliced StarLink in samples of U.S. corn shipments to
Japan has importers increasingly nervous over the effectiveness of a U.S. test
plan that Japan had agreed upon, traders said on Tuesday. Japan's Health,
Labour and Welfare Ministry said late on Monday it found traces of the
unapproved biotech StarLink corn in one of four samples sent on December
25 by the United States for food use. The same sample had tested negative
on the U.S. side. The announcement came only a month after a similar incident
raised concerns that the test plan would not be sufficient to comply with strict
Japanese legislation to be implemented in April against unapproved genetically
modified products...

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