USDA Gives GE Potato ‘Nonregulated’ Status

August 31, 2015

Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, that they had made a determination of “nonregulated status” for the Innate potato, which is genetically engineered to resist late blight and black spot bruising.

This Russet Burbank variety was developed by the J.R. Simplot Company, a major food and agribusiness firm based in Idaho.

The announcement noted that the potato variety involved is the second generation and includes the first generation’s reduced bruising trait and a greater reduction of acrylamide, a chemical produced at high temperatures (e.g., potato chips and French fries)…