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Simplot requests extension of deregulation of GMO potato: APHIS invites public comment

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is inviting public comment on a request from J.R. Simplot Company to extend deregulation to a potato variety, designated as Snowden Z6. The request was made today.

Z6 potato is genetically engineered for late blight protection, lowered reducing sugars, low acrylamide potential and reduced black spot bruising.

APHIS previously reviewed and deregulated these traits in another potato developed by Simplot, referred to as Innate W8 Russet Burbank potato (W8 potato).

APHIS says it reviewed Simplot’s extension request and prepared a preliminary plant pest risk similarity assessment (PPRSA), concluding that Z6 potatoes are not more likely to pose a plant pest risk than the previously deregulated W8 potatoes.

APHIS is making the PPRSA and deregulation extension request available for public review for 30 days. APHIS says on its website it is interested in receiving comments regarding potential environmental and interrelated economic impacts as it relates to the National Environmental Policy Act.

APHIS says it will carefully review all feedback on these documents received during the public comment period. If it does not receive any new scientific information, the Agency will announce the extension of deregulation to Z6 potatoes on its website.?

Beginning tomorrow, members of the public will be able to submit comments through July 27, 2020 at: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=APHIS-2012-0067-0001

Source: USDA / APHIS

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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