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GM Purple Tomato Juice Heads To Market In U.K.

January 24, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Juice made from genetically-modified purple tomatoes that are reportedly more nutritious than the conventional varieties is beginning to reach store shelves in the U.K.. Purple tomatoes are engineered to contain the pigment anthocyanin, the same antioxidant that gives blueberries their nutritional – and anti-cancer – punch. The tomatoes were developed at a research center in the U.K.. Large-scale production of the purple tomato juice has begun in Canada, with the first 1,200 liters ready to ship. Ontario company New Energy Farms produces enough purple tomatoes in its greenhouse to make 2,000 liters (440 gallons) of juice. The tomatoes do not contain seeds, so there is no risk of contamination by genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).
David Shukman, "Genetically-modified purple tomatoes heading for shops", BBC News, January 24, 2014, © BBC
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