Biotech Updates

Arctic® Fuji Apple Close to U.S. Regulatory Approval

August 17, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced to the public the final version of Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.'s (OSF) petition seeking regulatory approval for Arctic® Fuji apples, a genetically engineered (GE) nonbrowning variety. APHIS has previously reviewed and deregulated this trait in other apples.

In the August 10, 2016 announcement, USDA APHIS stated that they have reached a preliminary decision to extend their determination of nonregulated status to OSF's nonbrowning Arctic® Fuji variety. In addition to publishing OSF's petition, APHIS has also shared their preliminary finding of no significant impact, and preliminary extended determination and plant pest risk assessment.

The documents are available for public review and comment for 30 days, from August 12, 2016 - September 12, 2016, on the APHIS public comment portal. For other details, read the news release at the OSF website.