First Genetically Modified Apple Approved for Sale in U.S.

February 14, 2015 12:07 PM

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First Genetically Modified Apple Approved for Sale in U.S.

The Agriculture Department on Friday approved the first genetically modified apple for sale in the U.S., reigniting debate over the safety of modified foods and whether the products should carry mandatory labels.

The Arctic apple, designed by the Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., resists browning when cut open or sliced, a trait that makes it useful for restaurants, grocery stores, airlines and other companies that offer pre-sliced fruit, Okanagan co-founder Neal Carter said.

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