Breeding, GMO, Health/Nutrition/Food Safety, North America

USDA approves Toolgen’s reduced-browning GMO potato

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently posted two Regulatory Status Review (RSR) responses under the revised biotechnology regulations at 7 CFR part 340.

According to a news release, APHIS reviewed a modified corn plant from Agrivida, Inc. The corn was modified using genetic engineering to alter animal feed quality for improved digestion. APHIS also reviewed a modified potato from Toolgen, Inc. This potato was modified using genetic engineering to alter tuber quality by reducing browning after cutting or peeling.

The decision means that, from a plant pest risk perspective, these plants may be safely grown and used in breeding in the United States.

You can view the Agrivida, Inc., RSR request, the Toolgen, Inc., RSR request and the APHIS response letters on the APHIS website.

In a press release, Youngho Kim, CEO of Toolgen Co., Ltd. said, “We have once again proven Toolgen’s high technology to the world through the approval of the US Department of Agriculture’s approval of exemption from GMO regulations for the browning – inhibiting potato of Toolgen.”

Source: Toolgen Co. Ltd
Image: Credit USDA

Lukie Pieterse, Editor & Publisher

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