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USDA deregulates second generation of Innate potatoes

Aug. 31, 2015, Boise, ID – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has deregulated the Russet Burbank variety of the second generation of Innate potatoes from The J.R. Simplot Company.

The second generation of Innate potatoes contains four beneficial traits of relevance to potato growers, processors and consumers: reduced bruising and black spots; reduced asparagine; resistance to late blight pathogens; and enhanced cold storage capability. These traits were achieved by adapting only genes from wild and cultivated potatoes.

Early research shows that Innate second generation potatoes will further contribute to reducing waste associated with bruise, blight and storage losses by reducing waste at multiple stages of the value chain, including in-field, during storage, processing, and in foodservice. That research suggests these traits will translate to less land, water and pesticide applications to produce these potatoes.

In a press release, the company stated it is looking forward to the completion of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consultation before the second generation of Innate potatoes can be introduced into the marketplace.

These potatoes remain regulated as Plant-Incorporated-Protectants by the EPA, and there will be no promotion, distribution or sale of these potatoes until they are registered by the EPA.