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Lithuania takes urgent measures to eradicate detected genetically modified petunias from the market

2017-06-02

After request by the European Commission to check whether the genetically modified petunias with orange flowers have spread around the EU member states, they have been discovered in Lithuania as well. These plants have already been detected in twelve EU member states: Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, etc.

“Lithuania,” says Vice-Minister of Environment Mr. Martynas Norbutas, “like all EU member states, where the genetically modified petunias or their seeds have been found, is taking urgent measures to remove them from the market.” This decision was taken during a meeting of specialists of the Ministries of Environment and Agriculture as well as the State Plant Service under the Ministry of Agriculture urgently called yesterday. It was unanimously agreed that sellers of petunia seeds and seedlings should remove the genetically modified plants from the market and destroy them (seeds should be returned to suppliers).

The Ministry of Environment insists that people who have purchased these orange petunias destroy them and inform where they purchased the plants. This information would help identify the distribution points and prevent further spreading. Please provide information about purchased orange petunias with their pictures at the email address info@am.lt.

The most distinguishing feature of the genetically modified petunias is orange flowers. Specialists suggest that attention should be paid to the types of petunia, which genetic modifications have been established. These include Pegasus Orange, Pegasus Orange Morn, Pegasus Table Orange, Potunia Plus Papaya, Go!Tunia Orange, Bonnie Orange, Sanguna Salmo, Sanguna Patio Salmon, and African Sunset.

Specialists of the State Plant Service inspecting farms, market places and flower shops will look closer at the supplied variety of flowers to check whether it includes any genetically modified petunias.

Having performed a preliminary study, the Netherlands Commission on Genetically Modified Organisms has stated that the genetically modified petunias do not pose threat to health and environment of humans or animals.

Communication Department
2017-06-02


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas