You can help! U.S. government now seeking public input on Arctic® apples

Good news! We are happy to announce that the U.S. government has opened their review of our nonbrowning Arctic® apples for public input. You can read our official press release announcing the news here. (We’ve previously blogged about the process to approve biotechnology foods in the United States here and updated here.)

We are very pleased to be able to finally share with you the extensive science-based information that we were required to collect by this federal agency. This day has been 15 years in the making for our little company! And we are honored to be one of the first food companies to participate in APHIS’ enhanced review processes. Neal with Arctic Apple

As you can now see decisively documented, Arctic® apples are as wholesome and safe as their conventional counterparts. The difference between them becomes clear when Arctic® fruit is bruised, bitten or cut, and doesn’t brown. I can easily imagine a world where this added convenience boosts whole apple consumption, excites retail, revolutionizes the fresh-cut apple business, allows apples to get their fair share of the foodservice market, and opens doors to new processed apple products.

The first of USDA APHIS’ two public comment opportunities opened on July 13, 2012 and will close on September 11, 2012; see the related Federal Register notice for details. In this first public comment period, APHIS is making available for public review our petition containing the extensive information APHIS required to complete its plant pest and environmental risk assessments.

You can help: We now invite our American colleagues and supporters to submit comments to APHIS in support of Arctic® apples, and in support of apple biotechnology in the process. Biotechnology offers tremendous possibilities to help the apple industry counter declining consumption, combat pests and disease, and reduce supply chain costs.

To submit comments to APHIS, follow these instructions.

Please share your comments with OSF! We’d appreciate reading them. E-mail them to us at

Thank you for showing your support for Arctic® apples, and the future of apple industry biotechnology.

 (Note: Comment period has now closed)

About Neal

You may know Neal as President and Founder of Okanagan Specialty Fruits, but he is also a bioresource engineer with over thirty years of experience working around the world. It was through this firsthand experience that Neal was convinced that biotechnology can help farmers meet ever-expanding global food demand.

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