Arctic® Fuji petition requesting deregulation submitted

Arctic® Fuji is poised to follow in the footsteps of OSF’s first nonbrowning apple varieties, Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny, which were approved for commercial sale in February 2015. On December 31st, OSF formally submitted a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting the deregulation of the next nonbrowning variety – Arctic® Fuji.

Arctic FujiDeveloped using the same innovative techniques as other Arctic® apple varieties, Arctic® Fuji apples have been grown and tested in field trial orchards for over a decade. The petition being reviewed by the USDA contains substantial data collected over many years that demonstrates the safety and healthfulness of Arctic® Fujis, and we are extremely confident that they will be granted approval in a timely manner.

Considering regulatory agencies are now familiar with the science behind our Arctic® apple varieties (namely, our method of silencing polyphenol oxidase, the enzyme that initiates browning), we anticipate that the review of Arctic® Fuji will progress more quickly than for Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny varieties. After all, Arctic® apples have no meaningful differences from their conventional counterparts, besides their nonbrowning trait that gives them the Arctic Advantage™ of course!

This advantage is especially beneficial in our Arctic® Fujis, as Fujis are notorious for being among the fastest browning apple varieties. Soon, consumers will be able to enjoy their crisp, sweet flavor profile without the variety’s biggest drawback!

Plus, Arctic® Fujis are the perfect complement to the unique strengths of Arctic® Goldens and Arctic® Grannies, and all three are among the top 5 produced apples in the U.S.!

We’ll be sure to keep you updated as Arctic® Fuji progresses through the rigorous regulatory processes in the U.S. In the meantime, check out posts we wrote when we applied for approval of the first two Arctic® apple varieties describing the U.S. regulatory process.

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About Joel Brooks

Growing up in the Okanagan, Joel had the opportunity to experience apple growing first hand, a background that lead him to his role as Product & Special Projects Manager. Joel feels privileged to work with such great people towards a goal that’s so easy to get behind – helping people to eat more apples.

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