Early May, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) posted the “Notice of Submission” for the deregulation of Arctic® apples on their website and asked the public for their comments. This comment period concluded yesterday (July 3) and we want to extend our appreciation and thanks to everyone who submitted positive statements in support of Arctic® apples. This represents a big step toward bringing our nonbrowning apples to market in Canada (learn more here) and we were extremely encouraged by many of the letters that were submitted.
One such letter that we are pleased to share with you comes from Dr. David Lane, a cherry grower and former senior research scientist at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Summerland, BC. Dr. Lane has a wealth of knowledge in agricultural science and extensive personal orchard experience and he shared his thoughts on the economic viability and safety of Arctic apples, cross-pollination concerns, and public opinion – take a look here!