There is a “medium likelihood” that StarLink corn, developed by French group Aventis, is a potential food allergen, said a panel of scientists whose task it is to advise the US Environmental Protection Agency.

The genetically modified corn, subject of numerous recall debacles over recent months, was not approved for human consumption because of fears that it could prompt allergic reactions. The scientists have also claimed however that because levels of the corn in food production are so small, there exists only a low probability that any consumer might experience an allergic reaction.

With this in mind, the scientists added that there is “the highest priority” to conduct a study among those people who have experienced corn allergens previously, and even on the diets of children, who are more sensitive to foods than adults.

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