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Apple that does not rust is approved in Canada

Fresh Apple
Regulation & Compliances
Sustainability & Environmental Impact
Published Apr 19, 2024

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Health Canada has approved Arctic Gala, a genetically modified apple developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, for sale in supermarkets. This non-browning apple, which uses RNA interference technology to stay fresh for up to 28 days, joins other approved varieties like Arctic Granny, Arctic Golden, and Arctic Fuji. Having already received USDA approval in 2021, Arctic Gala is now awaiting FDA review in the United States. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed its safety for human consumption, livestock, and the environment, highlighting its potential to reduce food waste and support sustainability.
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Arctic Gala, a non-rusting apple variety owned by the Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), received health approval from Health Canada to reach the shelves of local supermarkets. In this way, Arctic Gala joins three other varieties of genetically modified apples already approved: Arctic Granny, Arctic Golden and Arctic Fuji. Pre-cut Arctic varieties are packaged and sold with the promise of staying fresh for up to 28 days, thanks to a biotechnological technique called RNA interference, which 'silences' the gene that controls the enzyme responsible for enzymatic browning, polyphenol oxidase (PPO). Okanagan Specialty Fruits also received approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) Plant Biotechnology Office to release Arctic Gala in the country, deeming it safe for humans, livestock and the environment, as conventional apples. Health Canada notified the organization that it has no objections to the food use of this variety, noting that it was no different ...
Source: MXfruit
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