Dutch auction takes action to block genetically modified orange petunias

Royal FloraHolland is adopting Dutch food safety agency RIKILT findings and preventing the trade in modified orange petunia varieties by blocking the VBN (Dutch flower auction association) codes.

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.

In Europe, it is forbidden to grow and market genetically modified varieties unless permission to do so has been granted.

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.

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