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 and therefore does not differ from other apples available on the market.” These conclusions mark the culmination of over three years of review since Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), a small, grower-led company that developed Arctic® apples, first initiated the government deregulation process with the Canadian regulators.
Canadian approval of Arctic® apples follows U.S. deregulation, which was granted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on February 13, 2015.
“Arctic® apples’ nonbrowning trait creates a wide array of benefits that offer value to the entire supply chain, especially consumers,” OSF president Neal Carter explains. “Arctic® apples have been planted for 12 years, and have completed review processes with the USDA, FDA, CFIA and Health Canada.”
OSF can enhance apple varieties to not brown when bitten, sliced or bruised, which can help reduce food waste and improve freshcut suitability. One of the fastest-growing categories of the fruit and vegetable industry is the freshcut segment, bolstered by the convenience factor and upward trend in consumption of healthier foods. It is estimated that Arctic® apples will first be sold in small, test-market quantities in late 2016, with increasing amounts of fruit becoming available each successive year.
- For more information about the CFIA review process, please contact the Plant Biosafety Office at [email protected], telephone 1-800-442-2342.
- For Arctic® apple photos and other resources, visit www.arcticapples.com/media.
About Okanagan Specialty Fruits
Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. is a dynamic biotechnology company dedicated to developing new commercial tree fruit varieties that are attractive to consumers, and are more profitable for producers and retailers. For consumer information, visit www.arcticapples.com; for information about the company and partnership opportunities, visit www.okspecialtyfruits.com.
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