North American Millers' Association Reports StarLink Corn Test ResultsJuly 17, 2001
WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 17, 2001 – The North American Millers' Association (NAMA) released the attached statement on test results collected from NAMA members showing the absence of or extremely low levels of StarLink Cry9C protein found in corn being presented to human food processing channels.
In a statement made before the Environmental Protection Agency's Scientific Advisory Panel, NAMA reported that of 85,808 lots of corn tested, only 1,042 (1.21 percent) tested positive and were directed to domestic animal feed and non-food industrial uses. NAMA further stated:
- USDA projects the 2001 U.S. corn production to be 9.495 billion bushels. Once harvested, this crop will further dilute what Cry9C protein remains;
- No corn seed with Cry9C protein was planted in 2001 due to USDA's aggressive seed buy-back program; and
- Any StarLink corn that may exist in storage will be ineligible after September 1, 2001 for the significant financial incentives offered by Aventis, providing a substantial motivation for that corn to be channeled to its appropriate feed or industrial end use.
Based on these factors, along with the additional scientific data provided by the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention on adverse event reports and the Aventis Processing Study, NAMA expressed its support for the tolerance sought in the Aventis petition to EPA and proposed that testing be discontinued on January 1, 2002.
NAMA is located in Washington, D.C. NAMA has 44 member companies operating 166 wheat, corn, oat and rye mills in 38 states and Canada. The aggregate production capacity of NAMA's membership is more than 160 million pounds of product daily, which is about 90% of the total U.S. capacity.
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