A company revealed only as "D" is at the centre of the latest StarLink scandal in South Korea, responsible for importing over 2,760 tons of contaminated corn products from US manufacturers including the Cargill Corporation.

The discovery of the genetically modified corn that has not yet been approved for human consumption prompted the Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) body to launch a mass recall today (18 December) with the aim of gathering the contaminated products before market distribution.

Korean authorities have only been able to test for traces of StarLink since 29 November, when the US government handed over a testing kit, and the KFDA commented that now "all imported corn from the United States will be tested for traces of StarLink and handled accordingly."

This latest problem is the first since tortillas containing StarLink were recalled on 10 November this year, an operation that prompted the ban of imports containing genetically modified corn in the first place.