Arctic® Fuji Apple Receives Canadian Approval

Summerland, B.C., Canada – Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.’s (OSF) third nonbrowning Arctic® apple variety, Arctic® Fuji, has been approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada (HC). The CFIA and HC announced today that the Arctic® Fuji variety “did not pose a greater risk to human health than apples currently available on the Canadian market. In addition, Health Canada also concluded that the Arctic® Fuji apple would have no impact on allergies, and that there are no differences in the nutritional value of the Arctic® Fuji apple compared to other traditional apple varieties available for consumption”. Arctic® Fuji trees will join
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Arctic® apples approved in Canada!

It is with great excitement that Okanagan Specialty Fruits announces that Arctic® apples are officially approved in Canada! This follows U.S. approval of our first two nonbrowning varieties, Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny, earlier this year on Feb. 13th by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. So, nearly two decades after we founded OSF, Arctic® apples can now be grown throughout both Canada and the U.S.! Arctic® apples’ approval was made official earlier today when the two bodies reviewing our apples, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada notified OSF that their reviews are complete (read more about the
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Press Release: Arctic® Apples Receive Canadian Approval

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
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How does a genetically engineered food get to the Canadian market?

In December 2011, OSF began the government review process that is required to take a new food product, like Arctic® Apples, to market in Canada. In Canada, two agencies share responsibility for regulating plants and plant foods created through biotechnology: Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada. CFIA ensures the safety of “plants with novel traits” for the environment and use as animal feed. Health Canada ensures that “novel foods” are safe for human consumption. Both agencies require substantial data to prove the similarity and safety of a genetically modified plant/plant food to its conventional counterpart. Previous reviews of
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