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New GMO Apple Could Hit Shelves Soon

Almost a year after the first two genetically modified varieties of non-browning apples were approved for market, a new Fuji variety could join them.

OSF has petetioned the USDA for approval of the Fuji variety of non-browning apples.

A new genetically modified apple designed to resist browning may be hitting shelves soon.

The Arctic Fuji would follow in the footsteps of the Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny apples that were approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last February for commercial sale.

Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) petitioned the USDA in December for its Fuji variety.

The apples brown less by what OSF calls “gene silencing.” The apples are genetically modified to produce less polyphenol oxidase (PPO) so that they don’t oxidize once sliced.

OSF says the apples have been tested in field trial orchards for over 10 years.

The Center for Food Safety has opposed the genetically modified apples, saying that by removing the browning function, people are less able to decide when the apples are no longer fresh.

Read More:

  • Genetically-modified Fuji apple could be on tables soon (Seattle Times)
  • Arctic® petition requesting deregulation submitted (OSF)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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