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USDA Seeks Comments on Non-browning GE Apple

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA will accept comments through mid-September on a petition asking the agency to give non-regulated status to the Arctic apple genetically engineered to prevent browning when sliced or bruised.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA will accept comments through mid-September on a petition asking the agency to give non-regulated status to the Arctic apple genetically engineered to prevent browning when sliced or bruised. The petition filed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. of Summerland, British Columbia, is available on USDA’s website. APHIS is seeking comments and scientific research/studies regarding biological, cultural and ecological issues. Note: The U.S. Apple Association and the Yakima, WA-based Northwest Horticultural Council have both urged the USDA to keep the genetically modified variety out of the United States.

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