Genetically engineered potato approved
USDA has approved the commercial planting of a genetically engineered potato. The “Innate” potato was developed by J.R. Simplot to have low acrylamide potential. Acrylamide is produced when a potato is fried and is a potential carcinogen.
The potato does not contain genes from another species, the change was made by silencing some of the genes responsible for the production of certain enzymes. The new potato also resists bruising as shown in the Simplot photo above.
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) deputy administrator Michael Firko said after a full and complete review, the determination of non-regulated status for the potato is “the most scientifically sound and appropriate regulatory decision.”
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