The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the approval of genetically modified varieties of apples and potatoes Friday, and the agency suggested for the first time that the apples and potatoes may need to be labeled so that consumers can distinguish them from other varieties of apples and potatoes.
Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples, known as “Arctic apples,” are genetically engineered to resist browning when cut or bruised.
Simplot’s varieties of Ranger Russet, Russet Burbank, and Atlantic potatoes, known as “Innate potatoes,” are genetically engineered to reduce the formation of black spot bruises. They’re also engineered to produce less acrylamide, a potential carcinogenic that can form in some foods during high-temperature cooking, such as frying.
The FDA said it doesn’t think that the Arctic apple or the Innate potato pose a risk to human health, and it’s concluded that these foods are as safe and nutritious as conventional apples and potatoes.