Food Product Design shares OSF guest post

A guest post from OSF president Neal Carter was shared today by Food Product Design via their “Trending Foods” blog, which “examines the latest news, market trends, surveys and stats that are helping shape the food industry”. In the post, Neal overviews the rigorous development and review process for biotech foods, and highlights some of the key benefits and applications of nonbrowning Arctic® apples – we hope you’ll check out the full post right here!
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Arctic® apples approved in Canada!

It is with great excitement that Okanagan Specialty Fruits announces that Arctic® apples are officially approved in Canada! This follows U.S. approval of our first two nonbrowning varieties, Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny, earlier this year on Feb. 13th by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. So, nearly two decades after we founded OSF, Arctic® apples can now be grown throughout both Canada and the U.S.! Arctic® apples’ approval was made official earlier today when the two bodies reviewing our apples, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada notified OSF that their reviews are complete (read more about the
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Press Release: Arctic® Apples Receive Canadian Approval

Summerland, B.C., Canada – Nonbrowning Arctic® apples have been approved for commercial sale in Canada, as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada (HC) have concluded their respective reviews. In a letter sent to OSF by the CFIA, the Agency concludes that Arctic® apples “are as safe and nutritious as traditional apple varieties…” and states that their official decision document will become publicly available on their website at a later date. In a publicly available statement, HC states that their assessment has led them to conclude that an Arctic® apple “is safe for consumption, still has all its nutritional value
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FDA consultative review of Arctic® apples concludes

Today FDA announced the completion of their consultative review of Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ Arctic® apples, and you can review their letter to OSF here. The FDA’s accompanying press release also announces the successful conclusion of their review of J.R. Simplot’s Innate Potato, and we invite you to read the full release either on the FDA’s website, or directly below:   FDA concludes Arctic Apples and Innate Potatoes are safe for consumption March 20, 2015 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration completed its evaluation for two varieties of apples genetically engineered by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc., and for six varieties
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OSF founders finalists for BIO Hero Contest!

OSF Founders Neal and Louisa Carter have been named finalists for an “Everyday Superheroes of Biotech” contest, and you can vote to support them now! Earlier this month, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) chose Neal and Louisa as one of five finalists from a group of nominees representing the industry’s best and brightest “who are striving to heal, fuel, and feed the world through groundbreaking innovation.” We hope you’ll agree that Neal and Louisa’s commitment to developing value-added foods that benefit the whole supply chain, starting with nonbrowning Arctic® apples, makes them worthy of your vote in the Pharma/Biotech category!
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Arctic® apples require no additional pesticides

Arctic® apples do not require any additional pesticide sprays, nor do they need to be treated any differently than their conventional counterparts. Growers can manage an Arctic® Granny tree in the exact same manner as a conventional Granny Smith, and the same goes for any other Arctic® variety. This is one of the advantages of improving attributes using the precision of biotechnology – specific traits can be targeted without affecting others. However, we have seen suggestions that “Arctic® apples may require increased pesticide usage” and, while this isn’t true, we do understand where this misunderstanding originated. The role of polyphenol
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OSF wins Technology & Innovation award!

In a perfect cap-off to the most exciting month in Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ history, we are proud to share that on Saturday, OSF was named the co-winner of a Business & Community Excellence award in the “Technology and Innovation” category by the Summerland Chamber of Commerce! OSF Research Manager Dr. John Armstrong accepted the award alongside a representative from co-winner Mazza Innovation at Summerland’s 77th Annual Business & Community Awards Gala. The honor was yet another exciting February announcement for us, following big news about the U.S. approval of nonbrowning Arctic® apples on Feb. 13th and news of Intrexon’s planned acquisition of
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