StarLink not to blame

Last year, a group against the biological improvement of food reported that StarLink, a variety of corn developed to contain a protein that protects corn crops from insects, was present in many human food products. The maker of StarLink, Aventis CropScience, was forced to buy back products made with StarLink instead of face the numerous lawsuits. With the heavy media coverage of the report, 51 people reported to the Food and Drug Administration that they had gotten ill after eating foods containing StarLink. Only 17 of the 51 agreed to submit blood samples to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to determine if StarLink was at fault. Even though CDC researchers confirmed that all 17 people had undergone some kind of allergic reaction, they did not find that StarLink was to blame. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that StarLink produced no side effects after entering human foods.

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