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Thursday 25th April 2013, 05:05 Central Time

Del Monte gets GM pineapple green light

USDA approves imports of pink pineapple variety as it does not have the ability to 'propagate and persist' once harvested

Del Monte gets GM pineapple green light

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Del Monte has reportedly received the thumbs up from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to import a new genetically engineered pineapple variety into the US.

According to Capital Press, the fresh produce multinational has developed a pineapple boasting rose-coloured flesh, altered to overexpress a gene derived from the tangerine while suppressing other genes, with flowering also altered to offer more uniform growth and quality.

The USDA's Plant Health Inspection Service found the cultivar to be a regulated transgenic crop, but said it would not require a biotechnology permit as it did not have the ability to propagate and persist once it had been harvested.

Del Monte noted that the fruit is grown in a monoculture that prevents seed production, and, in the unlikely event that a seed did form, it would be unable to germinate and grow without human intervention.

The group's submission to the USDA revealed that was still awaiting approval from the US Food and Drug Administration and the government of Costa Rica, where the crop is grown.

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  • So I guess God screwed up and got it wrong when he created heaven and earth. Now we need synthetic chemicals, GMO's, etc. created in a lab to correct nature. Really? Sounds more like bioterrorism to me! According to Wikipedia - Bioterrorism is terrorism involving the intentional release or dissemination of biological agents. These agents are bacteria, viruses, or toxins, and may be in a naturally occurring or a human-modified form. A bioterrorism attack is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, toxins or other harmful agents used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants. These agents are typically found in nature, but it is possible that they could be mutated or altered to increase their ability to cause disease, make them resistant to current medicines, or to increase their ability to be spread into the environment. Biological agents can be spread through the air, water, or in food. Terrorists tend to use biological agents because they are extremely difficult to detect.

    Pamela McAlinden
  • Pamela, the stuff a God put here was trash-- basically weeds and useless plants, many poisonous. HUMANS improved crops by breeding and selection. HUMANS modified the genetics for 20,000 years. And to the rest of your note, watch out for those black helicopters and keep foil under your hat! Seriously, if you have questions on the technology feel free to contact me.

    Kevin Folta
  • this must stop...genetically engineered food of any kind is wrong. we are slowly ruining this wonderful planet and it's people , unfortunately , the planet will recover, humanity will be replaced... at some point, once again.

    pat kocka
  • I wrote Del Monte and got this response...
    Dear Consumer,

    Thank you for contacting us. Del Monte Fresh Produce does not distribute, sell or markets any genetically modified products including our premium Del Monte Gold® Extra Sweet Pineapples which was developed using conventional breeding techniques.

    Sincerely yours,

    Daniela Stern

    Consumer Affairs Department

    Del Monte Fresh Produce

    So my question is... does conventional now mean genetically altered?


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