The FDA approved two new types of GMO apples and six new types of GMO potatoes for consumption in march of 2015. The first GMO apples are scheduled to be sold in select Midwest stores beginning next month.
According to the FDA, Okanagan’s Granny Smith and Golden Delicious varieties of apples, also known as Arctic Apples, are genetically engineered to resist browning associated with cuts and bruises by reducing levels of enzymes that can cause browning. Simplot’s varieties of Ranger Russet, Russet Burbank and Atlantic potatoes, also known as Innate, are genetically engineered to reduce the formation of black spot bruises by lowering levels of certain enzymes. They are also engineered to produce less acrylamide by lowering levels of amino acid called asparagine and by lowering levels of reducing-sugars. Acrylamide forms in some foods during high temperature cooking.
The Capital Press reports the apples will appear in 10 stores this February and March with approximately 500, 40 pound boxes of sliced apples will be sold in grab-and-go pouch bags.
“We’re very optimistic with respect to this product because people love it at trade shows,” said Neal Carter, founder and president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits of Summerland, B.C.
Carter also stated the goal is 800 to 1,000 acres planted in the Northwest and nearly the same acreage in the eastern United States along with 600 to 800 acres in Canada by 2021.