Public Comments Now Accepted For ‘Arctic Fuji’ Apple
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is now accepting comments on a preliminary determination to extend deregulation to a line of genetically engineered (GE) apple known as ‘Arctic Fuji.’ This GE apple developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc. (OSF) is engineered for enzymatic browning resistance. APHIS previously reviewed and deregulated this GE trait in other apples.
APHIS has prepared a preliminary determination with an accompanying plant pest risk similarity assessment (PPRSA) and a preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). These documents are available for public review and comment for 30 days until Sept. 12 at Regulations.gov.