Last week USDA approved a genetically engineered potato by J.R. Simplot Co. that is designed for late blight resistance, low acrylamide potential, reduced black spot bruising and lowered reducing sugars.

This potato, of the Russet Burbank variety, is the second generation of Simplot’s Innate potatoes. FDA approved the first generation potato in March. These first generation varieties were engineered to reduce the formation of black spot bruises by similarly reducing the levels of certain enzymes in the potatoes. The potatoes are also engineered to produce less acrylamide.

According to the Associated Press, the second generation of potatoes will carry the traits of the first generation as well as an additional trait that will allow the potatoes to be stored longer at cold temperatures in an effort to reduce waste.

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