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AmericanHort: Important Update Regarding Genetically Modified Petunias

Tuesday, May 23, 2017  
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AmericanHort offers a brief update for those who are following the emerging situation regarding the distribution and sale of several genetically engineered (GE) petunia varieties.

All of us in the industry were surprised by the finding of genetically modified petunias, stemming from research in Europe and in the garden plant trade there and here in North America.

It’s important to note that petunias are non-edible annuals, and there is no reason to believe that these genetically modified varieties pose any risk to the health of humans, plants, or the environment.

AmericanHort has been working closely with the USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service-Biotechnology Regulatory Services (APHIS-BRS) to facilitate industry coordination and accurate information-sharing. Seed and plant companies are also conducting their own independent tests and pulling varieties in question off the market.

APHIS-BRS has just issued a public stakeholder notice on the matter. You can review that notice here.

We’ll share further information as warranted.

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