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 previously explained the significance of the newly posted documents, which demonstrate that Arctic® apples pose no environmental or plant pest risks. This is no surprise as Arctic® apples have been examined in field trials for over a decade now (in Washington and New York states) and are among the most tested fruits in existence. Furthermore, Arctic® apple science is straightforward in that apple genes were simply silenced and no new proteins are expressed.
It has never been more apparent that Arctic® apples are as safe and healthful as their conventional counterparts, with the only difference being that Arctic® apples will not brown when you bite, bruise or cut the fruit. The nonbrowning trait truly can be a game-changer, providing tremendous benefits to growers, packers, freshcut and traditional processors, foodservice, retailers, and most of all, consumers.
Please show your support for Arctic® apples and the benefits biotechnology can offer the fruit industry by submitting your comments using the button below, or by following these instructions. Please contact us directly with any questions or to share a comment you’ve submitted to APHIS as we’d love to read it ourselves!
Thank you for your continuing support of Arctic® apples, biotechnology, the apple industry and our goal of helping people to eat more apples!