The Irish Government has ordered the Irish plant cell company Aviota to stop selling the avocado plant and its plant cell in the Republic of Ireland.
The company, which was founded in 1994 and employs 100 people, said it was aware of the Government’s decision to ban sales of its products.
“The plant cell, which is currently in production, will be sold at a later date and will not constitute an exemption for the plant,” it said in a statement.
The plant is an avocado plant that is grown in the Dominican Republic.
It is used to make avocado creams and drinks and has been grown in New Zealand, Australia and Brazil.
The decision has raised concerns about the safety of avocados in Ireland and across the world.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it is “aware of a potential hazard” to the human health caused by the production of avo-cultured plants.
The FDA said that while the plant cell has been tested on rats, “the results of this test have not been able to determine any safety or efficacy for humans”.
It said that there are risks to human health when the plant is consumed, including an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
The Irish Government’s ban on Aviots plants came into effect on Thursday.
The ban applies to plants grown in countries that have a minimum level of pesticide use.
The Government’s moratorium on imports from the Dominican republic comes as it also bans imports of all other plants grown elsewhere in the Caribbean and elsewhere in Latin America.
It also makes it illegal to import avocado fruit, seeds, seedlings, fertiliser, machinery and other agricultural equipment.