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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.

The second generation of Innate™ potatoes entered the USDA process on the heels of the recent deregulation of its first generation on November 10, 2014. The potatoes will also undergo FDA and EPA review.

The second generation of Innate™ contains the same traits as the first generation (low black spot bruise and low asparagine), plus two additional traits consisting of resistance to late blight disease and lowered reducing sugars.

We believe Innate™ second generation technology can provide significant sustainability benefits for potato growers, processors and consumers. For example, if all fresh Russet potatoes were converted to Innate™ potatoes, the U.S. would have the potential to save 400 million lbs. of potato waste each year in the retail and food service channels. Also, lower asparagine means that acrylamide levels can be reduced by up to 90% or more. Late blight resistance against common North American strains has the potential to reduce fungicide applications and save crops from a devastating disease. In addition, lowered reducing sugars enable cold storage at 38° F for more than 6 months without the build-up of sugars, reducing sprout suppressants and improving quality.

The petition for deregulation with the USDA is for the Innate™ Russet Burbank variety. Several additional varieties -- Ranger Russet, Atlantic and Snowden -- will be submitted in subsequent months.