In the Netherlands, research conducted by RIKILT has found that there are a number of genetically modified orange petunia varieties available. This study was commissioned by the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate.
There are an estimated 5m orange petunias grown worldwide annually. Finnish, Dutch, German, UK and US authorities have identified them in the last month.
The petunia varieties that have been identified so far as carrying the genetically modified orange gene are:
· Viva Orange VBN product code 118676
· Viva Fire VBN product code 110932
· Potunia Plus Papaya VBN product code 113269
The following varieties do not have a VBN product code, but can be found on the markets in the Netherlands, Finland or Germany under the following names:
· Pegasus orange
· Pegasus Table Orange
· Pegasus Orange morn
· Bingo Mandarin
· Bingo Orange
· Go!Tunia Orange
· Salmon Ray
· Viva orange vein
· African Sunset
· Sanguna Salmon
Based on the outcomes of the above-mentioned research, Royal FloraHolland has decided not to allow the supply of these varieties. To stop the supply to the marketplaces, the following measures are being taken:
· The VBN product codes of the products in question can no longer be used.
· Suppliers of the listed varieties are urgently asked not to supply them, in whatever sales channel, so as not to cause trouble for Royal FloraHolland’s chain partners.
· Growers supplying genetically modified petunia varieties will be contacted to one of the Royal FloraHolland locations, and ask them to remove the supplied product and stop supplying it.
· Extra inspections will be conducted in the supply processes to search for products of the genetically modified varieties.