The genetically engineered *Innate* pototo is now being grown in Canada and is approved for consumer sale.

The genetically engineered *Innate* pototo is now being grown in Canada and is approved for consumer sale.
Photo Credit: Submitted by J.R. Simplot via CBC

Genetically modified American potato approved for Canada


After the approval af a genetically modified apple, the non-browning Arctic Apple, in 2015, comes news of another GM food.

This one comes from the Idaho-based American agri-food giant, J.R Simplot company.

This involves the phase-two development of a potato they call the “Innate” potato. The company says it has engineered the potato so it is less likely to bruise and turn brown when cut.

The company says they have also managed to turn off genes which produce the amino acid, asparagine, reducing its presence by about 62 percent.. When fried, such as in potato chips or French fries, this becomes acrylamide, suspected to be a human carcinogen.

In announcing the development and approvals, Simplot says no “foreign” genes were used to create their GM potato.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, (CFIA) and Health Canada announced this week the GM potato is now approved for sale to consumers and to commercial outlets.

As is the case with the Arctic Apple, the Innate potato packaging will not carry any indication it has been genetically engineered.

The potato has been grown experimentally on some Prince Edward Island farms in Canada, but with approval may now be in stores later this fall.

In January, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a second generation of the Innate potato. This version is resistant to potato blight and has a further reduction of asparagine.  The Gen-2 potato will also be submitted to Canadian agencies for review in coming months.

In 2015 the US FDA approved a genetically modified salmon developed in Canada to be marketed to consumers, the first GM  food animal approved for human consumption. The company is also seeking Canadian approval

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One comment on “Genetically modified American potato approved for Canada
  1. Ursula Wagner says:

    GM salmon, apple and now potato?

    Foods high on carbohydrate, when heated up produce unhealthy acrylamide, not only
    potatoes. Potato chips and French fries will still be unhealthy and are one reason why
    people get fat and fatter made from GM potatoes or not.

    But what animal or vegetable is manipulated next? What could be the effects on bees? No answer.

    The 2nd point is, that these products will not be labelled, in spite of consumer demands.

    One could go crazy, where are the politicians to listen to us and support us instead of big companies?

    And that is one big threat to us in Europe, where labelling practice is still very different, but with CETA and TTIP it will as in North America with no identification of GM food.

    How close we are to CETA is to be seen here.

    On February 29, 2016, the European Commission and the Canadian Government announced that the legal review of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement CETA [English] text has been completed. The European Commission and the Canadian Government also agreed to include a new approach on investment protection and investment dispute settlement in the CETA.
    out of……………

    But the text will be kept in secret until Britain has decided in June whether they’re IN or OUT of the EU. No question that if they knew about the deal, then the Brexit would be fact.

    Lucky British, you can decide, we in Germany can`t and can only hope and pray that Britain saves all us in Europe.