U.S. corn refiners urge education concerning E.U.-unapproved corn

by Teresa Acklin
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   WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. Corn Refiners Association, Inc. have urged grain merchants to assist farm producers in achieving a goal of not delivering European Union-unapproved varieties of transgenic corn to corn refiners or export elevators.

   Because corn refiners depend on the ability to buy large amounts of grain from various sources, it is impossible to guarantee that no E.U.-unapproved varieties have entered the commercial grain system, the C.R.A. said. But by implementing widespread education on the acceptable markets for the varieties, the C.R.A. said, it hopes to strengthen U.S. corn growers' understanding of the safety of grains that have been deemed safe by U.S. authorities.

   In a letter addressed to some of the largest biotechnology companies and grain associations in the United States, the C.R.A. said the review process for genetically modified products has been “lengthy and unpredictable” when conducted outside the United States and has “caused loss of some markets for U.S. corn producers and tension in trade in products produced in America.” The situation has been particularly severe in the E.U., the C.R.A. said.