GE Potato Safe for Human Consumption

January 21, 2016

The FDA announced that a potato genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish Potato Famine is as safe as any other similar product available on the market. In a letter to the Idaho-based J.R. Simplot, the FDA stated that the potato is not substantially different in composition or safety than other potatoes, and does not warrant the FDA to continue any further premarket vetting. New features of the potato also include reduced bruising, reduced amounts of a chemical produced at high temperatures that some studies show can cause cancer, and the ability to be stored at colder temperatures for longer durations. Further, these new innovations have the potential to reduce the use of pesticide sprays by 25 to 45 percent.

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