Comment from Jackie Gerding
This is a Comment on the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Notice: Petitions for Determination of Nonregulated Status; Availability: Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc., Apples Genetically Engineered to Resist Browning
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I am a consumer and a concerned parent. I am writing to urge you not to approve Okanagan Specialty Fruit's petition for deregulation of its nonbrowning "Arctic" apple.
The manipulation of such a commonly grown fruit could cause contamination of nearby organic or conventional apple orchards, and unlabeled GMO apples could find their way into non-GMO fruit slices and juice at the processing level.
Also, the Arctic apple's nonbrowning appearance could mask the age of apples and mislead consumers into thinking that GMO apples are fresher than they really are.
The U.S. Apple Association and grower groups already have voiced their disapproval of these GMO apples due to the negative impact they could have on the non-GMO apple industry. And without a label, consumers may unknowingly purchase and consume Arctic apples.
This product is unnecessary and poses several risks to the apple industry and consumers in exchange for a fix to a minor aesthetic flaw. In its environmental review, USDA should choose the no action alternative and not approve this GMO apple variety.
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Comment Period Closed
Sep 11 2012, at 11:59 PM ET
Tracking Number: 810fd743
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Date Posted: Aug 31, 2012
Submitter Name: Jackie Gerding
Country: United States
State or Province: NY