Thursday, March 24, 2016

Chains ok with GMO apples, spuds

The Retail Council of Canada, speaking for Loblaws, Metro and Sobey’s supermarket chains, says it has confidence in the approvals the federal government has granted to produce and market genetically-modified potatoes and apples.

Last year the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada approved the Arctic apple variety, genetically-modified at the federal government’s Summerland research station in British Columbia.
Slices cut from these apples do not turn brown.

The same is true for the Innate potato variety developed by the Simplot company in Idaho and approved this week by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada.

Canadian Press asked the three chains if they will market the new varieties and they referred the question to the Retail Council of Canada to speak for them.