Update on GM Petunias- 30 June 2017

Further to the update of 22 June, the varieties ‘Capella Red’, ‘Cascadia Red Lips’ and ‘Viva Orange Vein’ are confirmed as GM. Further, ‘Amore Mio’, ‘Cascadias Simply Red’, ‘Littletunia Red Fire’ are newly confirmed GM varieties. The variety ‘Colorworks Homare’ is a suspected GM line.

** indicates a variety confirmed as GM.

African Sunset**

Amore Mio**

Bingo Orange**

Bingo Coral Blast

Bingo Mandarin

Bingo Orange Morn

Bonnie Orange (or Bonnie Orange 15/Orange 15)**

Bonnie Red 14** (variety used to produce the mixtures Trixi La Bomba and Trixi Coco Bello)

Capella Red**

Cascadias Red Lips**

Cascadias Simply Red**

Charms Flame 2-140

Colorworks Homare

Crazytunia Cherry Cheesecake (aka Crazytunia Swiss Dancer)**

Crazytunia Citrus Twist**

Crazytunia Kabloom

Crazytunia Star Jubilee

Electric Orange (or Famous Electric Orange)**

Flamingo

GN2012-01 Type Homare** (experimental variety offered for trialling)

Go!Tunia Orange**

GS Hellorange

Happy Classic Orange Morn 0-65

Happy Classic Yellow Orange Stripes 0-82

Hells Fruit Punch

Lipstick**

Littletunia Red Fire**

Maui Sands**

Mini Blast Rose**

My Love Orange**

Orange Star (or Pegasus Orange Star)**

Orange Yellow Centre 749 (07336)

Orange Yellow Zone 225

Pegasus Orange**

Pegasus Orange Morn aka Salmon Ray, or Ray Salmon**

Peppy Cerise**

Peppy Red**

Pegasus Table Orange

Potunia Plus Neon/Violet**

Potunia Plus Papaya**

Potunia Plus Red**

Potunia Red**

Raspberry Blast**

Sanguna Salmon**

Sentuna 2.0 GShell Orange Nr. 11-45

Sentuna 2.0 Rose Coral 315

Stars Yellow Orange

Surprise Red 2017**

Sweetunia Hot Pink**

Trilogy Deep Purple**

Trilogy Mango**

Trilogy Red**

Viva Fire**

Viva Orange**

Viva Orange Vein**

 

Update on GM Petunias- 22 June 2017

Further to the update of 16 June, it has been brought to our attention that the status of ‘Surprise Red’ petunias needs to be clarified.  We wish to make it clear that it is only the variety with the name ‘Surprise Red 2017’ (producer reference Art.No.40794) that has been confirmed as GM.  The separate variety with the name simply ‘Surprise Red’ (producer reference Art.No.40223) is not a confirmed or suspected GM line.  We can also now clarify that the ‘Viva Orange’ variety has been confirmed as GM.  Below is another update of the full list of names for suspect or confirmed varieties (** indicates the variety has been confirmed as GM by testing undertaken by the UK authorities and/or by the breeder/supplier).

African Sunset**

Bingo Orange**

Bingo Coral Blast

Bingo Mandarin

Bingo Orange Morn

Bonnie Orange (or Bonnie Orange 15/Orange 15)**

Bonnie Red 14** (variety used to produce the mixtures Trixi La Bomba and Trixi Coco Bello)

Capella Red

Cascadias Red Lips

Charms Flame 2-140

Crazytunia Cherry Cheesecake (aka Crazytunia Swiss Dancer)**

Crazytunia Citrus Twist**

Crazytunia Kabloom

Crazytunia Star Jubilee

Electric Orange (or Famous Electric Orange)**

Flamingo

GN2012-01 Type Homare** (experimental variety offered for trialling)

Go!Tunia Orange**

GS Hellorange

Happy Classic Orange Morn 0-65

Happy Classic Yellow Orange Stripes 0-82

Hells Fruit Punch

Lipstick**

Maui Sands**

Mini Blast Rose**

My Love Orange**

Orange Star (or Pegasus Orange Star)**

Orange Yellow Centre 749 (07336)

Orange Yellow Zone 225

Pegasus Orange**

Pegasus Orange Morn**

Peppy Cerise**

Peppy Red**

Pegasus Table Orange

Potunia Plus Neon/Violet**

Potunia Plus Papaya**

Potunia Plus Red**

Potunia Red**

Raspberry Blast**

Salmon Ray (or Ray Salmon)

Sanguna Salmon**

Sentuna 2.0 GShell Orange Nr. 11-45

Sentuna 2.0 Rose Coral 315

Stars Yellow Orange

Surprise Red 2017**

Sweetunia Hot Pink**

Trilogy Deep Purple**

Trilogy Mango**

Trilogy Red**

Viva Fire**

Viva Orange**

Viva Orange Vein

We will continue to keep you informed of developments.

Update on GM Petunias- 16 June 2017

Since our last update we have been informed about a further six petunia varieties which have been confirmed as GM, distributed to producers/suppliers across the EU, including to two companies in the UK.  The new varieties are:

  • Peppy Red
  • Potunia Red
  • Surprise Red 2017
  • Potunia Plus Neon/Violet
  • Sweetunia Hot Pink
  • Peppy Cerise

Below is an updated full list of names for suspect or confirmed varieties (** indicates the variety has been confirmed as GM by testing undertaken by the UK authorities and/or by the breeder/supplier).

African Sunset**

Bingo Orange**

Bingo Coral Blast

Bingo Mandarin

Bingo Orange Morn

Bonnie Orange (or Bonnie Orange 15/Orange 15)**

Bonnie Red 14** (variety used to produce the mixtures Trixi La Bomba and Trixi Coco Bello)

Capella Red

Cascadias Red Lips

Charms Flame 2-140

Crazytunia Cherry Cheesecake (aka Crazytunia Swiss Dancer)**

Crazytunia Citrus Twist**

Crazytunia Kabloom

Crazytunia Star Jubilee

Electric Orange (or Famous Electric Orange)**

Flamingo

GN2012-01 Type Homare** (experimental variety offered for trialling)

Go!Tunia Orange**

GS Hellorange

Happy Classic Orange Morn 0-65

Happy Classic Yellow Orange Stripes 0-82

Hells Fruit Punch

Lipstick**

Maui Sands**

Mini Blast Rose**

My Love Orange**

Orange Star (or Pegasus Orange Star)**

Orange Yellow Centre 749 (07336)

Orange Yellow Zone 225

Pegasus Orange**

Pegasus Orange Morn**

Peppy Cerise**

Peppy Red**

Pegasus Table Orange

Potunia Plus Neon/Violet**

Potunia Plus Papaya**

Potunia Plus Red**

Potunia Red**

Raspberry Blast**

Salmon Ray (or Ray Salmon)

Sanguna Salmon**

Sentuna 2.0 GShell Orange Nr. 11-45

Sentuna 2.0 Rose Coral 315

Stars Yellow Orange

Surprise Red**

Sweetunia Hot Pink**

Trilogy Deep Purple**

Trilogy Mango**

Trilogy Red**

Viva Fire**

Viva Orange

Viva Orange Vein

We will keep you informed of any further developments.

 

Update on GM Petunias- 02 June 2017

Since our last update we have received more information from regulatory authorities or petunia breeder/supplier companies in other countries which extends the range of varieties that are thought to be genetically modified.  Below is an updated list of names for suspect or confirmed varieties.

(Note: a single asterisk * indicates a new variety added to the list; a double asterisk ** indicates the variety has been confirmed as GM by testing undertaken for the UK authorities and/or by the breeder/supplier)

African Sunset**

Bingo Orange*

Bingo Coral Blast

Bingo Mandarin*

Bingo Orange Morn*

Bonnie Orange (or Bonnie Orange 15)**

Bonnie Red 14** (variety used to produce the mixtures Trixi La Bomba and Trixi Coco Bello)

Capella Red

Cascadias Red Lips

Charms Flame 2-140

Crazytunia Cherry Cheesecake (aka Crazytunia Swiss Dancer)*

Crazytunia Citrus Twist**

Crazytunia Kabloom

Crazytunia Star Jubilee*

Electric Orange (or Famous Electric Orange)**

Flamingo*

GN2012-01 Type Homare*/** (experimental variety offered for trialling)

Go!Tunia Orange**

GS Hellorange

Happy Classic Orange Morn 0-65

Happy Classic Yellow Orange Stripes 0-82

 

Hells Fruit Punch*

Lipstick*/**

Maui Sands**

Mini Blast Rose*/**

My Love Orange**

Orange 15

Orange Star (or Pegasus Orange Star)**

Orange Yellow Centre 749 (07336)

Orange Yellow Zone 225

Pegasus Orange**

Pegasus Orange Morn**

 

Pegasus Table Orange

Potunia Plua Papaya (or Potunia Plus Papaya)**

Potunia Plus Red Art.40302

Raspberry Blast*/**

Salmon Ray* (or Ray Salmon)

Sanguna Salmon**

Sentuna 2.0 GShell Orange Nr. 11-45

Sentuna 2.0 Rose Coral 315

Stars Yellow Orange

Trilogy Deep Purple*/**

Trilogy Mango*/**

Trilogy Red*/**

Viva Fire**

Viva Orange

Viva Orange Vein

 
   

Please note that the variety Sanguna Patio Salmon has been removed from the list.  This is the variety that tested positive in Finland but subsequent tests by the breeder and Dutch authorities were negative for GM status.  Our own test of plants in the UK have now also yielded a negative result. Through APHA we will continue to undertake confirmatory testing of varieties known to be in the UK and will keep you informed of developments.

We would also like to remind you that GM petunias should not be marketed as they lack the required EU authorisation.  APHA are separately contacting businesses known to trade in petunias to give them the latest information, asking them to indicate if they holding stocks of newly suspect/confirmed varieties.  In conjunction with their normal activities, APHA plant health inspectors will undertake spot checks of businesses to confirm that the prohibition against GM petunias is being observed.  This is in a context where we recognise that the trade has already taken steps to voluntarily withdraw suspected GM plants from the market.        

Update on GM Petunias- 26 May 2017

New varieties that are confirmed as GM are Bonnie Red 14, as well as Trixi La Bomba and Trixi Coco Bello mixes as they contain Bonnie Red 14.

Previously notified as suspect GM varieties, but now confirmed as GM:

  • Bonnie Red 14
  • Bonnie Orange
  • Electric Orange
  • Sanguna Salmon
  • Potunia Plus Papaya
  • African Sunset
  • Bonnie Orange 15

Suspect GM varieties

  • Sentuna 2.0 GShell Orange Nr. 11-45
  • Sentuna 2.0 Rose Coral 315
  • Charms Flame 2-140
  • Cascadias Red Lips
  • Capella Red
  • Orange Yellow Centre 749 (07336)
  • Bingo Coral Orange
  • Crazytunia Citrus Twist
  • Crazytunia Kabloom
  • GS Hellorange
  • Happy Classic Yellow Orange Stripes 0-82
  • My Love Orange
  • Orange Star
  • Orange Yellow Zone 225
  • Potunia Plus Red, Art. 40302
  • Stars Yellow Orange
  • Happy Classic Orange Morn 0-65

Update on GM Petunias- 19 May 2017

The full list of varieties which to date have been implicated as GM is as follows:

  • Pegasus Orange
  • Pegasus Orange Morn
  • Pegasus Table Orange
  • Potunia Plua Papaya
  • Go!Tunia Orange
  • Bonnie Orange
  • African Sunset
  • Sanguna Patio Salmon
  • Sanguna Salmon
  • Electric Orange
  • Viva Orange
  • Viva Fire
  • Viva Orange Vein

In relation to the Sanguna Patio Salmon variety, this was reported as GM by the Finnish authorities but subsequent test results by the breeding company and the Dutch authorities have been negative for GM status.  So far no importer/producer has indicated in response to APHA that they are holding plants of this variety, which suggests that its status may be a non-issue for the UK.  However, we are looking further into this, because if plants are present here we would like to undertake our own GM testing. 

Of the other twelve varieties, we know that the following are present in the UK:

  • Pegasus Orange
  • Pegasus Orange Morn
  • Potunia Plua Papaya
  • Go!Tunia Orange
  • African Sunset
  • Sanguna Salmon
  • Viva Fire
  • Viva Orange Vein

Further testing in the UK or by the responsible breeding company has confirmed that the Sanguna Salmon and Potunia Plua Papaya varieties are GM.  Confirmatory testing is being performed on the other varieties known to be in the UK, for which the results should become available shortly.

Statement from DEFRA on GM Petunias - 11 May 2017

Following an initial report that GM petunias had been found on the market in Finland, supplied as young plants from Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands, the European Commission asked other EU Member States to check the position in their territory and take appropriate action. 

Although the petunias are not considered to pose a risk to human health or the environment, because there is no EU authorisation for GM petunias they cannot legally be sold.  The task for the UK authorities is therefore to ensure that no marketing of GM petunias is taking place.  Defra is the responsible authority for England with the Devolved Administrations (DAs) in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland responsible for their territories.  In practice Defra is working with the DAs to ensure a joined-up approach across the UK.

Our Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has emailed importers and producers of petunia plants and seeds in England and Wales, making it clear that GM plants must not be marketed and asking them to confirm if they are holding petunias of the following varieties which the Finnish authorities found to be GM:

  • Pegasus Orange
  • Pegasus Orange Morn
  • Pegasus Table Orange
  • Potunia Plua Papaya
  • Go!Tunia Orange
  • Bonnie Orange
  • African Sunset
  • Sanguna Patio Salmon
  • Sanguna Salmon
  • Electric Orange
  • Viva Orange
  • Viva Fire
  • Viva Orange Vein

Where stocks are being held APHA is following this up and, as necessary, will ensure that GM material is not being sold.  Similar action will be taken in Scotland and Northern Ireland.  In practice we understand that importers/producers have already moved to withdraw suspect material from the market.  We do not envisage that special measures are needed for the disposal of affected plants, given that they are not thought to be a risk.

At this stage it is not clear how GM material has got into the petunia supply chain in Europe.  There is no evidence to suggest GM plants have been introduced deliberately rather than inadvertently.  We are working with EU authorities to locate the source of the issue with a view to preventing further occurrences.

For further information, please contact DEFRA GM and Genetic Resources Team General: 0345 933 5577 Email: gm-regulation@defra.gsi.gov.uk

GM Petunia Notice for Garden centres

Customers may ask questions about GM (genetic modification) material in orange-flowered petunias. This follows reports in the press, referring to Finland and other EU member states.

Here are some facts for staff to help handle any queries:

The UK authorities have been alerted to this and they will decide what action to take;

The orange-coloured petunias pose no threat to people, animals or the environment;

The petunias are not frost-hardy and neither the plants or their seeds will survive in a British winter;

The orange-flowered GM petunias cannot spread into the wild in the UK countryside;

No other UK bedding or ornamental plants contain GM material, and special EU authorisation is required for any such developments;

GM petunias are not authorised for cultivation in the EU;

There is EU authorisation for some blue-flowered cut flower carnations but they are not authorised for cultivation in the EU.

Should the customer require more detailed information about GM and the law, please refer them to Defra: 0345 933 55 77, or gm-regulation@defra.gsi.gov.uk

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