First genetically modified non-browning apples in Midwest stores by February

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Arctic Golden Apple. Photo by Okanagan Specialty Fruits

A small amount of Arctic brand sliced and packaged Golden Delicious, produced by Okanagan Specialty Fruits of Summerland, B.C., will be in 10 stores this February and March, said Neal Carter, the company’s founder and president. He would not identify the retailers, saying that’s up to them.

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Carter reduced the enzyme polyphenol oxidase to prevent browning when apples are sliced, bitten or bruised. The apples match the industry norm of not browning for three weeks after slicing but without using flavor-altering, chemical additives that the rest of the fresh-sliced apple industry uses.

Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Fuji varieties have been approved by the USDA and Canada. An Arctic Gala could be approved in 2018. Only Goldens and Granny Smiths have been planted long enough to produce fruit in commercial quantities by next fall.

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About 500, 40-pound boxes of sliced apples will be sold in grab-and-go pouch bags, he said.

A QR computer scan code on the packaging enables consumers to get information, including that the apple slices are genetically modified, but nothing directly on the packing identifies it.

The first commercial test marketing will provide the company with consumer preferences on packaging and price and other information including purchase motivations. Survey data will be used to help the company decide its fall 2017 commercial launch strategy.

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  • Try to imagine any other innovative product where the person who invented it would withhold the names of the retail outlets selling it. It defies logic. Doesn’t Neal Carter want me to buy his apples?

    • alex

      lol thanks for displaying how retarded you need to be to stand opposed to improved crop breeding methods.

      • You’re most welcome my friend.

        • alex

          not like there is a well funded targeted attack against biotechnology, how about you ask why are gm crops not labeled if they’re safe.

          • WeGotta

            Poor billionaires……… I cry whenever I think of them all having to wallow in the same cesspool that they helped to create. :(

          • alex

            Lol wow your logic is just fantastic

          • WeGotta

            You mean like the logic behind advocating for complete obedience to my screwdriver lest you be branded a “retard”?

          • alex

            Are you trying to make sense

          • WeGotta

            Depends on with whom I am conversing.
            What makes you think you have any sense?

          • alex

            have fun displaying the lack the of mental capacities needed to oppose crop breeding technologies

          • WeGotta

            That could very well be the weirdest sentence ever written.
            My technology for crop breeding involves biochar from burning down orphanages. Only a retard would oppose it.

  • Good4U

    Yaaaay! I’ve been asking about them for several months. I will buy them when I find them.