Chefs issued with GM flower warning

by Julia Bradley on December 21, 2013

A growing culinary trend for sprinkling petals on dishes has prompted a warning for the nation’s foodies that GM flowers are not edible.

Plants and flowers are increasingly being used as a garnish by chefs such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

But with many food enthusiasts now attempting to emulate the experts, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is warning that some carnations now being sold in the UK are not actually fit for human consumption, having only been licensed for ornamental use.

The warning comes after a firm applied for a licence to import carnations genetically modified to give their petals an intense violet colour and increased resistance to herbicides.

Several other types of GM carnations, modified for flower colour, are already being sold in the UK.

A Defra spokesman said: “These GM carnations are aimed at the ornamental (cut flower) market, so are not intended for human consumption.

Accordingly, the EU authorising decisions require the product label to say ‘not for human or animal consumption’.”

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Julia Bradley

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