US: YES to GMO Potatoes and Apples

The Food and Drug Administration has evaluated two varieties of apples and six potatoes which have been genetically modified and concluded that they are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts."

Monday, March 23, 2015

From a statement issued by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States (FDA):

The Food and Drug Administration of the United States (FDA) has completed its evaluation of two apple varieties which have been genetically engineered by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc., and six potatoes genetically designed by JR Simplot Company and concluded that these foods are as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts.

The apple varieties Granny Smith and Golden Delicious by Okanagan, collectively known under the trade name "Arctic Apples" (Artic), are genetically designed to resist browning due to cuts and bruises, by reducing the level of enzymes which make the fruit turn brown.



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