Arctic® Fuji Apple Receives FDA Approval

Summerland, B.C., Canada – Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.’s (OSF) newest nonbrowning Arctic® apple variety, Arctic® Fuji, completed the voluntary review process with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today. Arctic® Fuji’s are the third apple variety OSF has been approved to grow, along with Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny apples that previously received regulatory approval in 2015.

“Completion of this FDA review is important news for our company as it marks the last step needed for Arctic® Fuji to officially join our commercial orchards,” explained Neal Carter, President of OSF. “We get a lot of feedback from people about what Arctic® variety they’re excited to see next, and this latest announcement allows us to provide consumers with even more choice when it comes to purchasing value-added fruits for their families to enjoy.”

Through biotechnology, the enzyme in Arctic® apples responsible for browning has been turned off. This can significantly impact unnecessary food waste when it comes to apples that would normally get thrown out after they have turned brown from getting bruised, sliced, or bitten, enabling the unique nonbrowning trait to benefit every sector of the supply chain. Arctic® apples were commercially available for the first time in the fall of 2017 in select U.S. cities, and availability has increased as more trees are planted and fruit volumes increase.

“There have been some major developments for OSF recently, and I’m excited to see what comes next as this is definitely just the start for us,” says Carter.

The announcement follows Arctic® Fuji approvals by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) granted September 23, 2016, and Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada on January 30, 2018. The FDA is expected to post a letter announcing the completion of their evaluation on their website in the coming weeks. This was the final step required in the regulatory process.

About Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. 

Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF) is a dynamic biotechnology company based in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada. Founded in 1996, and acquired by Intrexon Corporation (NASDAQ: XON) as a wholly owned subsidiary in April 2015, OSF specializes in developing tree fruit varieties with novel attributes that benefit fruit producers and consumers alike. For consumer information, visit www.arcticapples.com; for information about the company and partnership opportunities, visit www.okspecialtyfruits.com.

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Comments

  1. Very interesting that you don’t mention 1 WORD about GE/GMO’s. A person would think, hmmm, if they’re so proud of these GE/GMO apples, why don’t they label them so the buying public can make their own decisions. Awaiting your reply

    • Denise Everett

      Hi Douglas,

      Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. You’re absolutely right in the fact that we are extremely proud of our products! You’ll notice in the third paragraph of this release, the explanation about the biotechnology behind our apples. Arctic® apple products are always clearly identified by their branded packaging and always display the Arctic® logo and a link to our website. We also provide scannable QR codes on every package to give consumers access to detailed information about Arctic® apples, including full information about how they were developed through biotechnology, and include a paragraph about this specifically on the back of our fresh slices. We are proud of having developed Arctic® apples in a precise and safe manner, and encourage consumers to visit our company website to learn more about who we are and how we did it. Thanks again for your comment and please don’t hesitate to reach out should you have any other questions.

      Warm regards,
      Denise

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