TOKYO (B)--A Japanese consumer group said Oct. 25 it has discovered controversial genetically modified hybrid corn in a corn meal packet baking mix made and marketed by Kyoritsu Shokuhin. The group will now seek a recall of "Home Made Baking." The hybrid, engineered by U.S.-based Aventis CropScience, has been responsible for numerous food recalls recently in the United States. It has not been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for human consumption because of a possible link between the StarLink protein and food allergies. StarLink is not approved in Japan.

StarLink corn contains a bacterial gene that makes it resistant to corn borer caterpillars.

Aventis and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a joint program are now attempting to buy up all 2000-crop StarLink corn.

Aventis has a list of approved delivery sites in the United States, including 51 in Iowa, where more than 40% of all StarLink was grown. Overall, Aventis estimates StarLink corn may have been grown on more than 322,000 acres in 28 states.

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