Genetically Modified Apple Does Not Turn Brown

Jul 16, 2012 12:31 AM EDT | By Sriranjini

  • print
Apples
The phrase: "An apple a day, keeps the doctor away," well it might actually be true. (Photo : flickr.com)

 

After corn and soy, now comes the genetically modified apple.

Okanagan Specialty Foods, a small company in British Columbia claims to have genetically modified apple which does not become brown, when bruised or sliced.

Like Us on Facebook

The company believes that this will help increase apple sales, and be popular with the consumers and food service companies, alike, as they would not have to worry about having slices of apple turning brown.

Unfortunately, not everyone approves of introducing the Arctic Apples- as they are being called- into the mainstream market. The U.S. Apple Association, representative of the American apple industry, has voiced its opposition. It is their opinion that genetic modification will undermine the fruit's image as the ultimate source of nutrition.

"We don't think it's in the best interest of the apple industry of the United States to have that product in the marketplace at this time," said Christian Schlect, president of the Northwest Horticultural Council, which represents the tree-fruit industry in and around Washington State. This area produces about 60 percent of the nation's apples.

Apple consumption had fallen for a few years but it is once again steadily on the rise. Even McDonalds' includes apple slices in its Happy Meals.

Apple slices are usually coated with a bit of lemon juice or anything with Vitamin C to stop them from browning. "But it can affect the taste," says Neal Carter, founder and president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits.

Arctic Apples have been genetically modified to not release a chemical called polyphenol oxidase, which causes apples to brown.

But, critics like Lucy Sharatt, coordinator of Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, believe that this may prove to be a problem when it comes to rotting. They believe that one may not be able to tell the difference between a rotten and a fresh Arctic Apple.

Carter, on the other hand, says that if the apples were truly rotten, then they would still change color.

Not all are on the opposing side. John Rice of the Rice Fruit Company, a large apple packer in Pennsylvania, said he thought the non-browning trait would help growers and packers. "We discard an awful lot of fruit for even minor bruising," he said.

If the Arctic Apples are approved by the FDA, they will be the first genetically modified fruit that people can actually bite into.

 

 

© 2015 Food World News. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Get the Most Popular Food Stories in a Weekly Newsletter
TrendingOn The Web
Food Biz
Jimmy Carr Launches New Stronger British Latte at Starbucks

Starbucks Race Together Campaign Tanks: Starbucks Baristas To Keep Race Out Of Coffee Cups

In a bold move, last week the coffee giant released a new campaign, Starbucks’ Race Together, in which baristas in United States venues were invited to start a conversation with clients about race in America – but it’s been a marketing disaster all the way through.

California Wines

California Wines: 31 Brands Of Cheap California Wines Loaded With Very High Levels of Toxic Arsenic?

California wines- Are you addicted to California wines? Wait until you read this! Some cheap California wines were found positive for inorganic arsenic that is believed to be lethal beyond allowable limits.

Dairy Queen Payment Systems Breached By Hackers

Dairy Queen Vanilla Ice Cream: FREE Cone Day On Dairy Queen’s 75th Anniversary!

The Minnesota-based company is turning 75 today, and they’re celebrating along with fans with a Free Cone Day, as Dairy Queen’s vanilla ice cream makes a full appearance all over the country, as the company also teams up with a big charity for the occasion.

Food Tech
Chef

The Top 10 Secret Weapon Ingredients from the Star Chefs

Just today, February 25, 2015, Yahoo! Food posts the secret weapon ingredients used by Star Chefs to achieve the most palatable dishes at home or in a restaurant. The said website revealed the top 10 magical ingredients that can turn home-cooked meals into top class restaurant tastes.

Burgeoning Craft Beer Industry Creates Niche Market For Limited Release Beers

Next Glass App: The App That Chooses Wine And Beer You’ll Love!

For those who love to have a nice glass of wine or beer during the weekends - which is just about everyone or almost -, there's a new way to keep the guessing out of the way you choose what to drink: the Next Glass app chooses drinks according to what you love!

A national survey done by the North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota representatives suggests that most U.S. consumers are ready to accept genetically modified and nanotech products if it is enhanced with nutrition and are safe.

U.S. Consumers, Ready To Accept Genetically Modified, Nanotech Products If It Is Healthy And Safe, New Survey Reveals

A national survey done by the North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota representatives suggests that most U.S. consumers are ready to accept genetically modified and nanotech products if it is enhanced with nutrition and are safe.

Real Time Analytics