USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announces an extension of deregulation to a line of genetically engineered (GE) apple known as ‘Arctic Fuji.’ This GE ‘Fuji’ apple was developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc. (OSF) and is engineered for enzymatic browning resistance. OSF’s Arctic apples have a reduction of the enzyme polyphenol oxidase (PPO), the primary cause of browning in fruit.
This is the third release from Okanagan Specialty Fruits, following APHIS’s approval of ‘Arctic Granny’ and ‘Arctic Golden’ apples.
“The response to Arctic® Fuji apples and our overall platform to deliver direct benefits to consumers has been encouraging,” said Neal Carter, Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ founder and president. “We are confident the positive feedback we have received will translate to the marketplace.”
The documents on ‘Arctic Fuji’ were available for public review and comment for 30 days from Aug. 12-Sept. 12.
In an announcement from USDA APHIS, Michael J. Firko, APHIS Deputy Administrator, explained that “this determination of nonregulated status of [‘Arctic Fuji’] apples is the most scientifically sound and appropriate regulatory decision.”
A copy of the petition, determination, finding of no significant impact, and supporting documents can be found on the Biotechnology Regulatory Services News and Information page.