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Choice of pre-treatment products for Achillea millefolium will be expanded

In the past year, the Post-Harvest Knowledge Centre has carried out verification testing to ascertain whether Florissant 810 and Florissant 830 complies with the VBN norms for the pre-treatment of Achillea millefolium.

Number of stems per bunch (L11) mandatory for all cutflowers from 1st of january 2019.

The number of stems per bunch (L11) is information that has become more important to buyers over the years. The request to supply this information with cutflowers is becoming more frequent by the day. Supplying this information leads to lower costs for buyers/customers, more satisfied consumers and ultimately better pricing and more revenue. To get there it is necessary that suppliers present this information by default. Only then can buyers accurately set up their processes. For these reasons the number of stems per bunch (L11) will be made a mandatory characteristic code on position 5 for all cutflowers.

Number of stems per bunch (L11) mandatory for Rosa on position 5 from 1st of December 2018.

The number of stems per bunch (L11) is information that has become more important to buyers over the years. The request to supply this information with cutflowers is becoming more frequent by the day. Therfore the number of stems per bunch (L11) will be made a mandatory grading code on position 5 for all cutflowers.

Number of stems per bunch (L11) mandatory for Lilium from 1st of August 2018.

The number of stems per bunch (L11) is information that has become more important to buyers over the years. The request to supply this information with cutflowers is becoming more frequent by the day.

Number of stems per bunch (L11) mandatory for several cutflowers from 1st of June 2018.

The number of stems per bunch (L11) is information that has become more important to buyers over the years. The request to supply this information with cutflowers is becoming more frequent by the day.

Choice of pre-treatment products for Astilbe will be expanded

In the past year, the Post-Harvest Knowledge Centre has carried out verification testing to ascertain whether the Floralife Express Clear 100 product complies with the VBN norms for the pre-treatment of Astilbe.

Plant passport requirement expanded

From 14 December 2019 the requirement to have a plant passport will be expanded as a consequence of the new Plant Health Regulation. The new Plant Health Regulation replaces the current European Phytosanitary Directive 2000/29/EC.

Choice of pre-treatment products for Rosa will be changed

On 15 March 2018, there will be a change in the VBN product specification for Rosa. In the past year, the Post Harvest Knowledge Centre has carried out verification testing to ascertain whether the Floralife Express Clear 100 product complies with the VBN norms for the pre-treatment of roses.

Six additions to the EU Xylella host plant list

The European Commission has added 6 new plants to the Xylella host plant list. The host plant list contains plants that are susceptible to Xylella fastidiosa. All plants on this list require plant passports for trading within the EU.

Cleaning up and making the ‘colour-treated’ product codes uniform from 1 February 2018

Customers have been expressing a need for greater clarity in terms of colour-treated product codes. Apparently, colour-treated product codes are not required to specify the colour, but the situation is not uniform. Currently, the quality code S50 ‘flower/berry/fruit colour’ is recommended, the colour is added to the product name, or neither is applicable. Therefore, a […]

Name change Pennisetum setaceum varieties

Last June, we informed that the Pennisetum setaceum varieties had definitively been added by the European Commission to the list of invasive plants. DNA examination has shown that the following varieties are not related to Pennisetum setaceum. Their incorrect classification had threatened to have these varieties banned under the European legislation on invasive exotics. The names […]

Grading code S04 (Plant diameter) mandatory for Argyranthemum frutescens from 1 April 2018

With Argyranthemum frutescens, customers are increasingly considering the plant diameter to be important product information, a significant factor when deciding on a purchase. Given this development, we are going to make this product information available as a mandatory prescribed characteristic. This proposal has been accepted by the VBN Regulations Steering Group. From 1 January 2018, […]

Import from India

After consultations at the EU level, the NVWA has decided that ‘electronic’ phytosanitary certificates from India with the text ‘digitally signed’ will no longer be accepted because the EU still has not come to an agreement with India about the use of electronic certificates. This means that: Phytosanitary certificates that are certified on November 1 […]

Information about the False Codling Moth, intended for trade flows from Africa / Israel

False Codling Moth (scientific name Thaumatotibia leucotreta) will be given the quarantine status in the European Union from November 2017. False Codling Moth is a polyphagous pest which can feed on more than 70 host plants among which important crops like citrus, peppers (Capsicum spp.), roses, maize and cotton. The specie is present in most […]

Additions to the EU-list Xylella host plant and plant passport requirement

The European Commission has added the following host plants to the list (update 9). For all plants on this list plant passports are legally required in case of marketing within the EU. The new host plants are: Cercis siliquastrum Cytisus villosus Ficus carica Fraxinus angustifolia Lavandula x intermedia Prunus domestica Rosa canina Vitis vinifera For […]

For Arrangements quality code S53 (Pot material) will be mandatory from 1 September 2017

For Arrangements, the pot material is increasingly considered important product information by buyers, partly due to specific questions from end buyers. The type of pot material is an important reason to buy an arrangement (or not). Given this development, we want to make this product information available as a mandatory, regulatory code. This proposal has […]

The use of uniform symbols in the product information in the product specifications for pot orchids

In 2014 the uniform product information symbols for pot orchids were introduced, after being approved by the FPC. Currently, around 40% of orchid suppliers use them. The Chain Communication and Quality workgroup has recommended including the use of uniform symbols in the product information in the product specifications for pot orchids. This proposal was approved […]

Product specifications easier to find on new VBN-website

Searching for product specifications has become easier for suppliers and buyers. The information on www.vbn.nl is now arranged much more clearly so you can have an immediate overview of the minimum criteria that a product must fulfil. Product specifications are the guidelines to assess and classify quality. Starting 15 May, the renovated VBN website is live […]

Supply of modified orange petunia varieties no longer possible

Royal FloraHolland is adopting the RIKILT findings and preventing the trade in modified orange petunia varieties by blocking the VBN codes. In the Netherlands, research conducted by RIKILT has found that there are a number of genetically modified orange petunia varieties available. This study was commissioned by the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate. In Europe, […]

Updating and simplifying product codes Cyclamen from 1 June 2017

The chain has expressed a need for greater clarity regarding product names. At the request of the Cyclamen product commission and buyers of Cyclamen, we are therefore reducing the number of product codes and making the product names uniform. The new classification of product codes goes into effect on 1 June 2017. This will make […]