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DNAP SAYS NEW FDA GUIDELINES WILL LEAD TO MORE RAPID APPLICATION OF GENETIC ENGINEERING FOR IMPROVED FOOD PRODUCTS

 DNAP SAYS NEW FDA GUIDELINES WILL LEAD TO MORE RAPID APPLICATION
 OF GENETIC ENGINEERING FOR IMPROVED FOOD PRODUCTS
 CINNAMINSON, N.J., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- DNA Plant Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: DNAP), which is developing a range of new plant-based food products through genetic engineering and other biotechnologies, said today it applauds the actions taken by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clarify and streamline regulations governing the marketing of such food products.
 Richard Laster, DNAP's chairman and chief executive officer, commented: "The FDA's position that food products developed through genetic engineering and other biotechnologies present no inherently greater risk to consumers than food products developed through more conventional means, will lead to more rapid application of these technologies to create new, improved plant-based foods. Based on an initial review of the FDA guidelines, we believe virtually all of DNAP's products based on genetic engineering, such as a superior fresh market tomato, will be able to move forward in a streamlined manner. At the same tie, the FDA properly demands that the public be completely assured about the safety of the food it consumes, and it will continue to perform an important oversite function together with the food producers.
 "At DNAP, we are moving ahead using our broad-based patented transwitch technology to develop ethylene-inhibited tomatoes that will have a much longer shelf life than ordinary tomatoes. We will be test marketing next year a tomato, developed through the technique of somaclonal variation, that we can pick at the "vine-ripe" stage and that will offer the consumer, all year round, a product with the outstanding taste and texture of a truly vine-ripened tomato.
 "In still another program focused on tomatoes, we are using genetic engineering to increase the presence of a natural anti-fungal enzyme in the plant which may protect the plant and its fruit against harmful fungi without the need for fungicides that are now commonly applied.
 "We are also applying various biotechnologies to improve the fatty acid profile of canola oil, to make this edible oil even lower in saturated fat. One program has succeeded in creating a more heat tolerant oil, suitable for frying purposes, while retaining the lowest saturated fat content of any edible oil.
 "Other product development programs underway are focused on altering the enzymatic pathway affecting the conversion of sugar to starch in sweet peas and corn, providing the consumer with much tastier vegetables at a time when the public is increasingly recognizing the health benefits of increased consumption of fresh produce."
 DNAP is a leading agricultural biotechnology company, applying a spectrum of technologies to develop and commercialize plant-based products, agricultural and environmental diagnostics, and ice modification products and processes for industrial and consumer markets. The company has three operating joint ventures -- FreshWorld, InterMountain Canola Company, and Agri-Diagnostics Associates.
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 /CONTACT: Richard Laster of DNA Plant Technology, 914-241-4959; or Fredric J. Spar Kekst and Company 212-593-2655, for DNA Plant Technology/
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