Japan, U.S. agree on StarLink testing

by Emily Wilson
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The Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have agreed on a test of U.S. feed maize shipments for the presence of StarLink, a genetically modified variety of maize not currently approved in Japan.

Under the pre-export testing plan, Japanese maize purchases of animal feed would be made under agreements with U.S. shippers, with costs of testing to be settled later. In order to validate the effectiveness of the feed maize testing program, the Ministry of Agriculture may send its inspectors to the United States so that they can monitor the testing of maize and distribution prior to export. If concerns arise, Ministry of Agriculture officials will confer with USDA and corrective measures will be taken where necessary.