Genetically-engineered StarLink hybrid corn that caused massive recalls of taco shells in the U.S. last year has spread further through the food supply than had been thought and is present in a much wider range of processed foods, the Washington Post reported Tuesday in its website edition. New data concerning the levels of StarLink corn protein in processed foods have been submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from Aventis Crop Sciences, and are being made publicly available. The new information appears to confirm the Agency's assessment that the process of wet-milling corn effectively eliminates StarLink protein from finished food products such as corn oil, corn syrup, alcohol and corn starch. EPA will use the Aventis data as well as the results of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention work and all other available data related to StarLink in evaluating the company's tolerance petition. EPA will continue to make all new information available to the public and will obtain appropriate scientific peer review as part of any decision. Aventis stated that the levels detected were very low, and that any health risk posed by the corn is extremely small. Though U.S. authorities have said the risk to public health from the unapproved corn is remote, the USFDA is testing the blood of about 20 people who believe they may have suffered allergic reactions to the genetically engineered corn.