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StarLink Contamination of White Corn Chips Prompts Food Recall

StarLink Contamination of White Corn Chips Prompts Food Recall
Two US retailers recall corn chips for StarLink trace

WASHINGTON, July 5 (Reuters) - Kash n' Karry and Food Lion said on Thursday
they recalled 11-ounce bags of white corn tortilla chips and asked Wise
Foods Inc, which made the chips, to investigate why they were contaminated
with traces of a genetically altered corn not approved for human
consumption.

The two food retailers are owned by Delhaize America Inc (NYSE:DZA - news).

A Florida man complained of intense itching and other allergic reactions
after eating an 11-ounce bag of white corn chips made by Wise for Kash n'
Karry.

The Food and Drug Administration tested the product eaten by the man and
found it contained tiny amounts of StarLink, a gene-altered yellow corn that
is permitted only in livestock feed. Last autumn, StarLink was found in a
variety of snack foods and flour containing yellow corn, which prompted
widespread recalls.

U.S. regulators have been analyzing StarLink for months to determine if it
should remain banned from human food due to potential allergic reactions
such as rashes and nausea, or if a tiny amount can safely be eaten by most
people.

Kash n' Karry and Food Lion said in a joint statement they recalled, on June
26, all the bags of private-label white corn chips made by Wise after the
FDA confirmed the contamination.

``Both companies are withdrawing the 11 oz. product indefinitely pending
results from Wise's internal investigation,'' they said.

Both retailers also sell 8-ounce bags of white corn tortilla chips made by
another manufacturer, and these are not involved in the recall.

``On behalf of shoppers, we have asked Wise Foods to look into the FDA's
test results,'' said James Ball, food safety director for the companies.

Kash n' Karry operates more than 140 stores in West and Central Florida,
while Food Lion has more than 1,100 stores throughout the Southeast.

Customers can call 800-426-7336 for more information about the recall.

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