“Jumping Beans” are seed capsules containing larvae that make the capsule move, something that makes “Jumping Beans” popular as a toy. The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM) concludes that neither the larvae nor the plants that the seeds come from have the potential to establish in Norway.
Commercial products sold as “Jumping Beans” are seed capsules of the desert scrubs Sebastiana pavoniana, S. palmeri or S. bilocularis containing larvae of the insect Cydia deshaisiana (commonly called Cydia saltitans).
To ensure a satisfying basis for a decision whether to allow import and sales of “Jumping Beans” in the future the Norwegian Food Safety Authority requested a pest risk assessment of “Jumping Beans” from VKM.
VKM’s Panel on plant health has the following main conclusions of the pest risk assessment:
The VKM Panel on Plant Health has been responsible for the risk assessment.
The risk assessment was published July 2nd 2008.