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Feb 14, 2015 11:11 AM

Apples modified to resist bruising receive federal approval

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Don't expect to see them soon, but they could be coming to your local grocery store two types of apples genetically modified to resist turning brown after they're bruised or sliced.

Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny Smith are being developed by a Canadian company, Specialty Fruits Inc. of Summerland, British Columbia.

The Agriculture Department gave its OK on Friday saying the apples aren't likely to pose a plant pest risk and or have "a significant impact on the human environment."

The first Arctic apples are expected to be available in late 2016 in small, test-market quantities.

It takes apple trees several years to produce significant quantities, so it'll take time before the genetically-modified apples are widely distributed.


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