Okanagan Specialty Fruits Petitions USDA for Arctic® Fuji Approval
SUMMERLAND, BC - The makers of the nonbrowning apple varieties, Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny, have a new variety on the horizon. Okanagan Speciality Fruits (OSF) is introducing Arctic® Fuji.
As of December 31st, 2015, OSF formally submitted a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting Arctic® Fuji be deregulated by the agency.
“The petition being reviewed by the USDA contains substantial data collected over many years that demonstrates the safety and healthfulness of Arctic® Fujis, and we are extremely confident that they will be granted approval in a timely manner,” OSF shared in a press release.
OSF predicts that since both its Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny have already been approved and regulatory agencies are more familiar with its method of silencing polyphenol oxidase (the enzyme that initiates browning), the review of Arctic® Fuji will progress rather quickly.
“This advantage is especially beneficial in our Arctic® Fujis, as Fujis are notorious for being among the fastest browning apple varieties,” OSF continued. “Soon, consumers will be able to enjoy their crisp, sweet flavor profile without the variety’s biggest drawback!”
AndNowUKnow and OSF will continue to update you as Arctic® Fuji makes its way through the regulatory processes.