Our home-grown bulbs comply with all of the international (phytosanitary) requirements imposed for the export of flower bulbs by the Dutch government, and are ‘Class 1 Japan’ certified. This is the highest quality standard, and means that bulbs of this class have almost no risk of virus infections. They can therefore be exported to all countries.
Furthermore, all bulbs that are exported to China are free of the Arabis mosaic virus (ArMV). In order to test for this virus, a sample of the planting material is tested in a laboratory by the Flower Bulb Inspection Service (Dutch: Bloembollenkeuringsdienst; BKD). This is done by a PCR test, in which PCR stands for ‘Polymerase Chain Reaction’. Pathogens like ArMV can be detected with this diagnostic research. The BKD is under the supervision of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Dutch: Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit; NVWA), and we get an official certificate from the NVWA to prove that our bulbs are ArMV-free.