Friday, December 5, 2014

Genetically modified potato for McDonald restaurant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved commercial planting of a potato that is genetically modified to resist bruising and to produce less of a chemical that has caused cancer in animals. Boise, Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. developed the potato, and it was approved by the USDA early November.

Simplot is a major supplier of french fries, hash browns and other potato products for restaurant chains like McDonald's corp. The company altered the potato's DNA so it produces less acrylamide, which is suspected to be a human carcinogen.Potato naturally produce the chemical when they're cooked at high temperatures.

The new potato also resists bruising, a characteristics long sought by potato growers and processors for financial reasons. Potatoes bruised during harvesting, shipping and storage can lose value or become unusable.

The new potatoes called Innate potatoes that produce less acrylamide when fried. Ther's a new Mr. Potato in town



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