McDonald’s China has denied that it has imported or used genetically engineered potatoes after the US Department of Agriculture approved a genetically modified (GM) potato developed by a McDonald’s supplier. “McDonald’s China does not use genetically modified potatoes. The potatoes that McDonald’s China uses are in line with the national laws and regulations,” the public relations department of McDonald’s China told the Global Times Monday [10 November 2014]. The US Department of Agriculture approved the first genetically modified potato for commercial planting on November 7. The potato was developed by the J.R. Simplot Company and is engineered to resist bruising and contain fewer carcinogens…Full Article: The Global Times Nov 2014

Key Point

  • McDonald’s China, which has more than 2,000 restaurants in the mainland, noted that it sources its frozen hash browns from J.R. Simplot and uses a different supplier for its French fries.

ChinaAg Comment

  • In April 2014, a restaurant owner in Beijing stated the he purchases potatoes from Simplot. The potatoes where grown in Washington State and were not genetically modified.
  • The GM potato from Simplot, called “The Innate Potato”, has anti-bruising properties and contains less harmful carcinogens vis-a-vis a conventional potato when fried.

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