EPA PROPOSES TO CEASE MONITORING FOR STARLINKâ„¢ CORN

SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
AUTHOR: Press Release
URL: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/biopesticides/pips/starlink_corn_monitorin...
DATE: 17.10.2007

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Starlinkâ„¢ Corn Regulatory Information

http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/biopesticides/pips/starlink_corn.htm

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EPA is seeking public comment on a draft White Paper that recommends withdrawal of FDA's guidance to test for StarLinkâ„¢ in corn. Testing of yellow corn started in 2000 following the detection of illegal residues of StarLinkâ„¢ in the food supply. Since StarLinkâ„¢ corn has not been planted since 2000, levels have steadily decreased to where new detections are virtually non-existent. Over 99.99% of more than 412 million bushels of corn tested negative in 2006.

After a thorough analysis, EPA has concluded that potential exposure of the U.S. population to the Cry9C protein in StarLinkâ„¢ corn in the current U.S. food supply is extremely low, and continued testing of corn grain by grain handlers and millers for the presence of Cry9C provides no additional human health protection. EPA's analysis supports the FDA proposal to withdraw its recommendation that dry milling facilities and masa operations test yellow corn shipments for the presence of StarLink-derived Cry9C.

Background

In 1998 EPA registered StarLinkâ„¢ for commercial use, provided that all grain derived from StarLinkâ„¢ corn was directed to domestic animal feed or to industrial uses, such as biofuels. EPA accepted the registrant's voluntary cancellation request for StarLinkâ„¢ after it was discovered in the human food supply in 2000. The Food and Drug Administration has recommended testing for the Cry9C protein since September 2000, when residues from StarLinkâ„¢ were detected in taco shells. EPA's draft White Paper evaluates the data available today, which includes the results of more than 4 million tests on 4 billion bushels of corn. The data indicates that there has not been a verified positive test of yellow corn for dry milling in the marketplace for at least 3 years.

How to Comment

Comments will be accepted for 45 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register. All comments should be identified by docket ID number EPA HQ OPP 2007 0832

Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket, Regulations.gov or, if only available in hard copy, at the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (see contact information below).

Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods:

- Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments found in the electronic docket, regulations.gov

- Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460 0001; or

- Hand delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S 4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. (See Visiting the Office of Pesticide Programs) Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305 5805.

For further information contact Mike Mendelsohn, (mendelsohn.mike@epa.gov), at 703-308-8715.