Press Releases

Innate plant biotechnology leads to new and better foods for the world’s consumers. Read the latest press releases for updates on Innate biotech (GMO) potatoes and our progress towards more sustainable agriculture.



Simplot Position on Foreign Market Import-Only Reviews of Innate® Potatoes

Jul 24, 2017

SPS International, a subsidiary of the J.R. Simplot Company, has filed applications with several international regulatory agencies to request import approval for Innate® biotech potatoes.

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Innate® Second Generation Potatoes with Late Blight Protection Receive EPA and FDA Clearances

Feb 28, 2017

BOISE – The J.R. Simplot Company announced today that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have completed their independent reviews and granted registrations and clearances for three varieties of Simplot’s second generation of INNATE® potatoes.

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USDA Deregulates Additional Varieties of Innate® Second Generation Potatoes with Late Blight Disease Protection and Cold Storage

Oct 28, 2016

The USDA has deregulated the Ranger Russet and Atlantic varieties of the second generation of Innate® biotech potatoes.  These varieties join the Innate® second generation Russet Burbank potato which was deregulated last year.

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Innate first generation potato receives Canadian government clearance

Mar 21, 2016

BOISE – Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have completed their respective food and feed safety assessments of the J.R. Simplot Company’s first generation of Innate® potatoes. Health Canada concluded that it had no objection to the sale of food derived from our Innate® potatoes. This means Simplot’s Innate® Gen. 1 potatoes can be sold in the Canadian marketplace beginning in 2016. Last year, the lower asparagine potatoes received corresponding regulatory approvals in the United States and have been grown and sold in the U.S. fresh market under the White Russet™ brand.

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Innate second generation potato receives FDA safety clearance

Jan 13, 2016

BOISE – The Food and Drug Administration has completed its food and feed safety assessment of the J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation of Innate® potatoes. The FDA concluded that these Russet Burbank Generation 2 potatoes are not materially different in composition, safety, and other relevant parameters, from any other potato or potato-derived food or feed currently on the market. Simplot will still need to complete its registration with the Environmental Protection Agency for these low asparagine potatoes before introducing them for sale in the U.S. marketplace.

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Simplot Innate™ Technology Part of $5.8M USAID Award to Improve Bangladesh, Indonesia Potato Product

Oct 26, 2015

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Michigan State University a $5.8 million cooperative agreement to improve potato production in Bangladesh and Indonesia. The cooperative agreement supports USAID’s work under Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative.

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USDA Deregulates Innate™ Second Generation Potatoes

Aug 28, 2015

The J.R. Simplot Company is pleased that the USDA has deregulated the Russet Burbank variety of the second generation of Innate™ potatoes. Simplot is looking forward to the completion of the EPA registration and FDA consultation before the second generation of Innate™ potatoes can be introduced into the marketplace.

The second generation of Innate™ potatoes contains four beneficial traits of relevance to potato growers, processors and consumers: 1.) Reduced bruising and black spots; 2.) Reduced asparagine; 3.) resistance to Late Blight pathogens; and, 4.) Enhanced cold storage capability. These traits were achieved by adapting only genes from wild and cultivated potatoes.

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Innate™ Second Generation Potatoes Enter USDA Public Comment

Nov 11, 2014

The J.R. Simplot Company is pleased that the second generation of Innate™ potatoes is entering public comment after a decade of scientific development, safety assessments and extensive field tests. Innate™ potatoes only contain genes from wild and cultivated potatoes, grow naturally just like conventional potatoes.

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USDA Deregulates Innate™ Potatoes

Nov 07, 2014

The J.R. Simplot Company is pleased that the USDA has deregulated Innate™ potatoes, enabling them to be sold in the United States. This approval comes after a decade of scientific development, safety assessments and...

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