Some Iowa charities will benefit from a four-year-old class-action suit. In 2000 genetically-modified Starlink corn was found in grocery-store products, though it had never been approved for use in human foods. The resulting court challenge to Starlink’s producer resulted in a judgement for farmers who said they lost profits and consumers who said they lost confidence in the safety of food products. The producer agreed to settlements for both farmers and consumers, the latter in the form of coupons for food products. Some were not used and the value from those coupons now will be distributed to charities like Second Harvest, homeless shelters and the national F-F-A organization. The Iowa food bank will get 50-thousand dollars of the coupons, for Kraft, Kellogg, Azteca and Mission brand food products it can distribute to low-income clients.
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