Biotech Updates

EPA Officials Back Safety of Rainbow Papaya

July 9, 2014

Speaking before the Maui County Council committee last week, Environmental Protection Agency officials stated that there are no health problems linked with consumption of biotech papaya rainbow.  A proposal to ban the biotech crop has been submitted to the committee and is currently under review. According to EPA biotech special assistant, Chris Wozniak, there is no difference between eating rainbow papaya and a papaya with virus, which commonly happens.

Rainbow papaya was commercialized in the U.S. in 1998. It is a product of hybridization of yellow-flesh export variety, Kapoho Solo, and the red-flesh SunUp, the first genetically engineered papaya with resistance to papaya ringspot virus. It was developed by researchers from Cornell University and Unviersity of Hawaii.

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