WASHINGTON (B)--A coalition of biotechnology critics will report Sept. 19 that a form of biotech corn not allowed in food due to concerns it could trigger allergies has been detected in grocery store Taco Bell taco shells, the Washington Post said Sept. 18.

The type of corn, produced by Aventis Corp. and called StarLink, was approved by federal authorities in 1998 as an animal feed. However, because the corn has been genetically modified in a way that makes it more difficult to break down in the human stomach, the agencies have refused to approve it for human use, the Post said.

Officials at the Food and Drug Administration, who called the possible presence of StarLink corn in human food "unlawful," said Sept. 17 the agency has already started an investigation.

The group that had the taco shells tested--the Genetically Engineered Food Alert--has asked the FDA to recall the products immediately.

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