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Innate® Second Generation Potato Receives Canadian Government Clearance

Aug 17, 2017

Health Canada conducted a comprehensive safety assessment and approved the use of Innate® second generation potatoes for food.

Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have completed the food, feed, and environmental safety assessments of the J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation of Innate® potatoes. The authorizations enable the potatoes to be imported, planted, and sold in Canada, complementing the three varieties of Innate® first generation potatoes that received regulatory approval last year.

Health Canada conducted a comprehensive safety assessment and approved the use of Innate® second generation potatoes for food. In addition, CFIA determined that these potatoes are “as safe and nutritious as traditional potatoes” for use as livestock feed, and that the potatoes do not present increased risk to the environment when compared to currently cultivated potato varieties in Canada.

The second generation of Innate® potatoes contains four beneficial traits of relevance to potato growers, processors and consumers:

-  Protection against the late blight pathogen

-  Reduced bruising and black spot

-  Reduced asparagine, which contributes to reduced acrylamide in cooked potatoes

-  Lower reducing sugars, which further contributes to reduced acrylamide while enhancing cold storage capability

 

These traits were achieved using genes from wild and cultivated potatoes to adapt the standard Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet, and Atlantic potato varieties.

“This is a big technology advancement for the Canadian potato industry,” said Kevin MacIsaac, General Manager of the United Potato Growers of Canada. “As long as proper stewardship guidelines are followed, Innate® biotechnology provides growers a promising option to significantly reduce waste, chemicals, and pesticides.”

“We’re excited to offer the latest generation of Innate® potatoes to the Canadian marketplace,” said Susan Collinge, Ph.D., Vice President of Simplot Plant Sciences, a division of the J.R. Simplot Company. “Innate second generation potatoes offer important benefits while staying within the potato genome to create a quality crop.”

By Innate Potatoes.com