Canadian grower Okanagan Specialty Fruit is seeking USDA approval for a third non-browning apple, which it calls the Arctic Fuji. This would follow earlier federal approval for the company’s genetically-modified Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny apples, which were approved for commercial sale in February 2015.
Okanagan Specialty Fruit is based in Summerland, British Columbia.
The apples are controversial, including opposition from Canada’s own British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association.
Arctic® Fuji is poised to follow in the footsteps of OSF’s first distinctly nonbrowning apple varieties, Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny, which were approved for commercial sale in February 2015. On December 31st, OSF formally submitted a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting the deregulation of the next nonbrowning variety – Arctic® Fuji.