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Three new GMO spuds earn permission from USDA

Two companies have green lights from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their non-browning potato varieties that have had their genes altered. Calyxt, a company based in New Brighton, MN, got the go ahead for its cultivar known as “PPO_KO” and the J.R. Simplot Co. of Boise, ID, has permission for its “X17” and “Y9”… Continue Reading

Arctic Fuji apple gains approval despite anti-GMO opposition

A third genetically modified apple variety, the Arctic Fuji, has gained U.S. approval and the grower responsible for it plans next to seek approval for genetically modified Arctic Gala apples. Developed by bioresource engineer Neal Carter, founder and president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. in Summerland, British Columbia, the Arctic Fuji joins the Arctic golden… Continue Reading

Public comments so far show support for third GMO apple

There are 18 days remaining in the public comment period on the Arctic Fuji as Okenagan Specialty Fruits Inc. seeks permission to market its third variety of genetically modified, non-browning apple. Bioresource engineer Neal Carter, founder and president of the fruit company in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada, already gained permission from the U.S. Department of… Continue Reading

USDA Permits Foreign Reindeer To Enter Without Testing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued a movement permit to Mr. S. Claus of the North Pole, a broker with Worldwide Gifts, Unlimited. The permit will allow reindeer to enter and exit the United States between the hours of 6 PM December 24, 2015 and 6 AM… Continue Reading

USDA Gives GE Potato ‘Nonregulated’ Status

Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, that they had made a determination of “nonregulated status” for the Innate potato, which is genetically engineered to resist late blight and black spot bruising. This Russet Burbank variety was developed by the J.R. Simplot Company, a… Continue Reading

CDC: 181 People in 40 States Infected With Salmonella From Contact With Live Poultry

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is working with state public health, veterinary, and agriculture officials, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to investigate four multi-state outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry. As of June 29, 2015, there were 181 people reported from… Continue Reading

Organic Industry Wants Biotechnology Regulated By Process, Not Product

About 40 activist organizations that usually can be counted upon to rally with the organic industry against genetically engineered (GE) plants and animals did just that on Monday. They weighed in with a letter to USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for the federal regulation of biotechnology products. APHIS has been inviting such comments, even… Continue Reading

Researchers Going Up Against the Khapra Beetle as a Food Safety Concern

Khapra beetle larvae can destroy a significant proportion of unprotected grain stores due to their “dirty eating” behavior, e.g., their feeding habit where the beetle eats only a little of a single grain before moving on to others. The khapra beetle is difficult to control and can survive nearly anywhere they are protected from cold temperatures…. Continue Reading