Arctic® Fuji Gains USDA Approval

  Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ (OSF) third nonbrowning Arctic® apple variety, the Arctic® Fuji, has been granted deregulated status by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS).  Arctic® Fuji apples have been found to be as safe and nutritious as conventional apples, joining OSF’s Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny varieties. “The response to Arctic® Fuji apples and our overall platform to deliver direct benefits to consumers has been encouraging,” said Neal Carter, Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ founder and president.  “We are confident the positive feedback we have received will translate to the marketplace.” The approval follows
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Arctic® Fuji – another step closer

Arctic® Fuji apples are now one step closer to U.S. deregulation! Following the submission of our initial application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Service (APHIS) requesting nonregulated status (commercial approval), we are excited to announce that OSF’s Arctic® Fuji petition  is now available to the public. This application contains data on the introduction and testing of the nonbrowning trait in Fuji variety apples which uses the same safe, beneficial technology as the Arctic® Granny and Arctic® Golden. This APHIS petition differs from the petition submitted for our initial varieties because it is considered an
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Press Release: Arctic® Fuji apple one step closer to U.S. regulatory approval

  Summerland, B.C., Canada – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has publicly shared the final version of Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.’s (OSF) petition seeking regulatory approval for Arctic® Fuji apples, a nonbrowning variety produced through biotechnology. In an announcement published August 10, 2016, USDA APHIS stated that they have reached a preliminary decision to extend their determination of nonregulated status to OSF’s nonbrowning Arctic® Fuji variety. In addition to publishing OSF’s petition, APHIS has also shared their preliminary finding of no significant impact, and preliminary extended determination and plant pest risk assessment. USDA
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U.S. to deregulate Arctic® apples!

Okanagan Specialty Fruits is thrilled to share big news – the first nonbrowning Arctic® apple varieties are about to be deregulated in the United States! This milestone is nearly two decades in the making, as Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny apples represent OSF’s first products since our inception in 1996. We could not have achieved this without our small-but-mighty, grower-led team and all our supporters in the agriculture and biotech industries. And, of course, all the consumers who told us they can’t wait for nonbrowning apples! Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Services (APHIS)
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Press Release: Nonbrowning Arctic® Apples To Be Granted Approval

Summerland, B.C., Canada – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Healthy Inspection Service (APHIS) announced its decision to deregulate the first two nonbrowning apple varieties, Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny apples, in the United States. It is expected that APHIS’ final environmental assessment (EA) and plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) will be published in the Federal Register soon. According to the USDA’s announcement, these reviews have found that Arctic® apples “are unlikely to pose a plant pest risk” and deregulation “is not likely to have a significant impact on the human environment.” These Arctic apple cultivars were developed
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Positive response to Arctic® apples’ big news!

As our readers know, last Friday marked a major milestone when the second U.S. comment period on Arctic® apples began. This means a final decision on deregulation is expected in just a few months! There was plenty of industry press, and today we want to also highlight a few blog posts and comments from our fans that can’t wait to get their hands on their favorite nonbrowning varieties! Writer Richard Lobb, who boasts a wealth of experience covering agricultural issues, tweeted his excitement that Arctic® apples are a step closer to market, and discussed the news in his blog. Mr.
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USDA APHIS open 2nd comment period for Arctic® apples

The U.S. government has opened the second, and final, comment period on nonbrowning Arctic® apples, meaning we’re closer than ever to achieving commercialization! The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Services (USDA APHIS) has posted their Environmental Assessment (EA) and Plant Pest Risk Assessment (PPRA) for our Arctic® Granny and Arctic® Golden varieties, and are requesting public input. This is the second U.S. comment period and comments will be accepted for 30 days, until December 9, 2013. The first comment period opened July 13, 2012 when APHIS posted for public review our 163 page petition requesting deregulation. We
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Press Release: USDA APHIS – Second Arctic® apple comment opportunity

Summerland, B.C., Canada – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has posted their Environmental Assessment (EA) and Plant Pest Risk Assessment (PPRA) for Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny apples, two nonbrowning varieties that have been produced through biotechnology by Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. (OSF). The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is now seeking public comments on these two documents, which can be viewed in full on APHIS’ website. During this 30-day public comment period, citizens are encouraged to submit to USDA APHIS their input on this regulatory assessment of these two Arctic® apple varieties. This is the
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Navigating the rigorous regulatory system

In both the U.S. and Canada, the regulatory process required to bring a biotech crop to market is extremely rigorous and challenging. As industry members involved in the process for the past several years, we’re amazed at how opponents to ag-biotech claim biotech enhanced crops aren’t thoroughly evaluated. Nothing could be further from the truth! Our timeline below demonstrates how long it’s taken just to get to the point where we could even apply for deregulation (never mind gain approval!): Assuming Arctic® apples complete both the U.S. and Canadian regulatory processes by early 2014; this means it will have taken 18
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Arctic® apples approach 2nd U.S. comment period

Arctic® apples are continuing their steady progress towards deregulation and commercialization, with the second U.S. public comment period expected to open this spring. This past year, we saw public comment periods in both Canada (May-July) and the U.S. (July-Sept.) successfully conclude, receiving over 5,000 comments in total. It was certainly an eventful 2012, but we expect 2013 to be even more “fruitful”, and here’s why: While the first 60-day U.S. public comment shared our 163 page petition requesting deregulation, two new documents will be made publically available for the second comment period. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a branch of the
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