U.S. industry shows little interest in genetically modified apple

12/03/2010 12:38:39 PM
Don Schrack

Once again, however, whether consumers would buy non-browning apples is another issue.

“That’s what we’re trying to determine,” Parker said.

It appears Okanagan Specialty Fruit may have difficulty finding interested U.S. grower-shippers.

Neal Carter, president, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that the technology would make sliced apple production cheaper and increase use in salads and other quick meals.

Carter did not return calls for comment Dec. 2.

Andre Bell, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service spokesman, said Okanagan Specialty Fruits submitted a petition for deregulation of the genetically modified non-browning apple on June 30.

Bell said he could not speculate how long it would take the USDA to rule on the petition.

A link describing the USDA’s coordination of biotech regulation requests with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration Agency is at http://usbiotechreg.nbii.gov/.

A link to the table of all the petitions that APHIS has received requesting deregulation of a specific crop is at
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/biotechnology/not_reg.html.

National Editor Tom Karst contributed to this article.


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