India has rejected a 1,000-tonne shipment of soya-corn blend from the US because of fears that it may contain traces of StarLink corn, a genetically modified corn that has been banned from human consumption in the US.

The chairman of the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee in India was quoted by Agence France-Presse as saying: “We didn’t want to take chances. All we wanted was an undertaking from an appropriate authority saying that it was not StarLink.”

The US has appealed against the decision, claiming the committee had not given adequate reasons for rejecting the shipment.

The shipment from US firms was imported by two US-based NGOs to be made into food for schoolchildren in India, reported Agence France-Presse.