Supply of modified orange petunia varieties no longer possible at FloraHolland

    Royal FloraHolland is adopting the RIKILT findings and preventing the trade in modified orange petunia varieties by blocking the VBN 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. 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

    How can FloraHolland stop the supply?

    Based on the outcomes of the above-mentioned research, Royal FloraHolland has decided at 18 May not to allow the supply of these varieties. To stop the supply to the marketplaces, we are taking the following measures:

    The VBN product codes of the products in question can no longer be used.

    FloraHolland urgently ask suppliers of the listed varieties not to supply them, in whatever sales channel, so as not to cause trouble for their chain partners.

    FloraHolland shall contact growers supplying genetically modified petunia varieties 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.

    Source: FloraHolland

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