Australia, New Zealand reviewing bruise resistant, low acrylamide GMO potato

GM potato

Australia’s food regulator has called for submissions as it reviews a genetically-modified potato designed to produce less chemicals when fried.

United States authorities approved the potato, called Innate, for growing and processing last year [and Canada gave its green light in May 2016].

Produced by Simplot, SPC International, it has been transformed by genetic modification (GM) to reduce a by-product chemical called acrylamide, which has been linked to cancer in laboratory animals.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has given the public until the end of September to make a submission.


FSANZ will then complete its review and make a recommendation to the Federal Government next year.

The authority has already assessed the potato as “safe” in testing, where a russet burbank potato was used in testing.

“The DNA that has been added is from the potato itself, or from a closely-related potato species,” FSANZ chief executive Steve McCutcheon said.

“There are no new proteins that have been introduced. It’s reducing the expression of four of the potato’s own genes.”


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