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Public comments so far show support for third GMO apple

Neal Carter founded Okanagen Speciality Fruits in 1996 in Summerland, British Columbia. The company has developed and gained approval for genetically modified apples that have non-browning properties.

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

Beach Beat: Oh Canada, what’s the beef with irradiated beef?

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The international radura symbol, left, varies slightly from the version used in the U.S., at right.

Canadians have 10 days left if they wish to weigh in on the question of whether their government should allow ground beef to be irradiated to kill pathogens such as E. coli. It’s the second time this century that Health Canada has sought public comment on the topic. In 2002 a backlash of public opinion… Continue Reading

FDA extends comment period for raw manure and fresh produce

Free-manure

Federal officials have extended the comment period for the second time for those wishing to provide information about a risk assessment of foodborne illnesses associated with pathogens from fresh produce grown in fields with raw manure. The extension, which allows comments to be filed through July 19, is the second extension granted by the Food… Continue Reading

Raw manure on your fruits and veggies? FDA seeks comments

Free-manure

Federal officials want input on one of the loose ends they left dangling when they published the new produce safety rule this past fall — the use of raw manure in fresh produce growing operations. Pushback from industry led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to hold off on including specific manure regulations in the… Continue Reading