BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Potatoes that won’t bruise and apples that won’t brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles.READ MORE: 2 Dozen Dallas ISD Campuses Still Debating Alternative Calendars
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods as safe, saying they are as nutritious as their conventional counterparts.
The approval covers six varieties of potatoes by Boise, Idaho-based J. R. Simplot Co. and two varieties of apples from the Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.READ MORE: Family Of 'Kind, Loving' Man Shot By Stray Bullet Into Apartment, Struggling With Senseless Death
Simplot’s potatoes go by the trade name “Innate,” while Okanagan’s apples are called “Arctic Apples.”
The agency’s review process is voluntary, and both companies asked for a review to ensure their products met safety standards.
Aware of potential resistance to its genetically modified potatoes, Simplot officials note that Innate potato traits come exclusively from domestic potato varieties.MORE NEWS: Dallas Cowboys Reach Multi-Year Deal With Star Quarterback Dak Prescott
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