APHIS prepared a preliminary Determination with an accompanying plant pest risk similarity assessment (PPRSA) and a preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) to extend deregulation to a line of genetically engineered (GE) apple known as Arctic® Fuji, developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc. (OSF). This GE apple line is engineered for enzymatic browning resistance. APHIS previously reviewed and deregulated this GE trait in other apples. These documents were available for public review and comment for 30 days from August 12, 2016 - September 12, 2016, on our public comment portal www.regulations.gov.
On September 23, 2016, APHIS announced the availability of its final Determination and FONSI, which are posted below.
See Docket No. APHIS-2016-0043 to view the notice, supporting documents, and public comments received.