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Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. spent more than a decade developing the 'Arctic' apple, according to its website, and first petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to bring the variety to U.S. markets in 2010. That request, which is still pending, was the first the agency had ever received for a genetically modified apple.
Company president Neal Carter told industry newspaper The Packer that he expects a decision from the USDA to come within the year.
The company filed for approvals from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada in April to release the apple here for "commercial planting purposes, livestock feed and food use." The agencies will receive public comments on the petition for approval through mid-June.
Neal Carter of Okanagan Specialty Fruits is waiting for approval of the new apple from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, but he thinks it's a winner already. "All we've done is turn off one gene in the apple itself -- an enzyme that drives the browning reaction," he told CTV News. "It's the great product you've always wanted without the baggage of going brown."
Originally posted by AaronWilson
Lemon juice. BOOM! No browning.
Is dis fool serious?!