FDA Approves GMO Potato, Companies Oppose New Crop

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More genetically engineered crops might soon enter the produce section of many grocery stores after the FDA approved the Innate potato.

The FDA approved six types of GM potatoes grown J.R. Simplot Co. out of Boise, Idaho. Marketed at Innate russet Burbank potatoes, the genetically modified crop will "resist the formation of black spot bruising and produce less acrylaimde, a cancer-causing chemical when fried," according to RT.com.

The decision was that of "commercial plating," the FDA said, since the GM potatoes are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts." But the FDA is being accused of using "cursory data checks" mostly by the company rather than coming to their own conclusions based on their own findings. The GM potato waits in the wings at the FDA determines if the changes to the "chemical makeup" of the potatoes could raise health risks.

Regardless, there are growing concerns regarding the GM potato among consumers, environmentalists, activists, companies, processors and exporters—many of whom sheer away from the mere mention of it.

Frito-Lay and McDonalds already issues statements saying they have no plans of using Simplot's GM potatoes.

While we have yet to know if Simplot will label the GM potatoes, they could make their way into grocers as soon as a couple month.


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