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Update on Petunias Developed Using Genetic Engineering

On May 16, 2017, APHIS announced that several varieties of petunia developed using genetic engineering had been imported into the United States and distributed interstate without proper APHIS authorization. At that time, the petunia industry voluntarily removed petunias developed using genetic engineering from commerce. 

On January 19, 2021, APHIS announced the deregulation of certain petunia varieties, designated as A1-DFR, developed using genetic engineering.  The documents pertaining to this deregulation can be accessed at the links below.  With this deregulation, known A1-DFR petunia varieties are no longer subject to APHIS regulation under 7 CFR part 340.  Other petunia varieties developed using genetic engineering remain subject to APHIS regulation.  

In addition, APHIS has removed known A1-DFR varieties from the list of petunias that require an import permit.  Since the varieties remaining on the list are not known to be A1-DFR varieties at this time, APHIS will continue to require permits for their import.  If an importer of a listed variety has reason to believe the variety contains the same plant-trait-mechanism of action combination as A1-DFR petunias, the importer can seek confirmation that the variety is not regulated under 7 CFR part 340 by providing APHIS with information demonstrating the plant meets the criteria for exemption from regulation.  Guidance on submitting a confirmation of exemption request can be found on the BRS Confirmation Request Process web page

Please refer to the documents below for the updated list of petunias requiring import authorization and documents related to APHIS’ deregulation of certain petunia varieties, designated as A1-DFR, developed using genetic engineering.  




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