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Canada approves genetically modified apples for sale

Fresh Apple
Published Apr 22, 2024

Tridge summary

The Arctic Gala variety of genetically modified apples, known for their non-browning feature due to 'Gene Silencing' technology, has been approved for sale in Canada, adding to the list of previously approved varieties such as Arctic Granny, Arctic Golden, and Arctic Fuji. These apples, which can stay fresh for up to 28 days, are primarily available in Canada and the United States. The Arctic Gala has received USDA approval and is currently under FDA review. The Onoken Specialty Fruit Company, which developed these apples, operates a farm in Washington State and has opened a processing plant in Moses Lake with a capacity of over 22,500 tons of apples annually. The company plans to launch future varieties, including Arctic Honey and Arctic Pink.
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Arctic genetically modified apples were first approved for sale in Canada in 2015 and in the United States in 2016. Arctic Gala is the company's fourth genetically modified apple approved for sale in Canada. Previously approved varieties include Arctic Granny, Arctic Golden and Arctic Fuji. The Arctic series is the world's first genetically modified apple variety. Through the "Gene Silencing" technology, polyphenol oxidase is turned off and slowly released in very low amounts. This extends the shelf life of apples, avoids browning caused by bruises and slicing, and reduces the proportion of damaged apples in the supply chain. It is reported that freshly sliced Arctic apples can have a shelf life of up to 28 days and still maintain a fresh taste, suitable for catering and ready-to-eat channels. Arctic series apples are mainly sold in Canada and the United States. As the fourth variety in the series, Arctic Gala has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture in ...
Source: Foodmate
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