Simplot Seeks Deregulation for New GMO Variety
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is inviting public comment on a request from J.R. Simplot Company, to extend deregulation to a potato variety, designated as Snowden Z6, which is genetically engineered for late blight protection, lowered reducing sugars, low acrylamide potential and reduced black spot bruising.
APHIS previously reviewed and deregulated these traits in another potato developed by Simplot, referred to as Innate W8 Russet Burbank potato.
APHIS reviewed Simplot’s extension request concluding that Z6 potatoes are not more likely to pose a plant pest risk than the previously deregulated W8 potatoes.
APHIS is making the deregulation extension request available for public review for 30 days and is interested in receiving comments regarding potential environmental and interrelated economic impacts as it relates to the National Environmental Policy Act.
After carefully reviewing all feedback on the documents received during the public comment period and if there is no new scientific information, the agency will announce the extension of deregulation to Z6 potatoes on its website.