FDA finds genetically modified apples, potatoes are safe


Here's something to munch on: what if apples and potatoes didn't turn brown or bruise so easily? Well, scientists have developed genetically engineered plants that do just that.

The FDA weighed in Friday, finding genetically engineered apples and potatoes are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts," according to an FDA press release.

The FDA reviewed two apple varieties of Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc., and six varieties of potatoes from J.R. Simplot Company. The "Arctic Apples" and "Innate" potatoes are genetically engineered to resist browning. Basically the food is modified to reduce the enzymes associated with bruising, according to the FDA.

Participation in an FDA review is voluntary, but genetically engineered plants have to meet the same legal and safety standards as any other plant.

USA Today reports the United States planted the most genetically modified seeds last year across 180.6 million acres.

Not everyone is thrilled about the findings. Some opponents argue the FDA approval process doesn't look at the environmental risks, according to USA Today.

So where can you find the new-age food? Not a lot of takers are piping up so far. McDonald's released a statement saying it won't serve GMO potatoes. Fast food giants Burger King and Wendy's did not comment to the Associated Press.

The average consumer won't see them in grocery store for a few years, the Associated Press reports.

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