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CFIA seeks input on revised potato wart response plan

June 26, 2024  By Fruit & Vegetable

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has launched a public consultation on a draft National Potato Wart Response Plan. This draft plan proposes new measures to improve the processes the CFIA uses to help contain, control and prevent the spread of potato wart.

This is part of the CFIA’s commitment to a full review of its approach for potato wart based on current science, international standards and new technologies.

Proposed new measures included in this draft plan would be applied to fields following the detection of potato wart and an investigation to restrict its potential spread. These measures include:

  • the use of resistant potato varieties;
  • increased soil analysis; and
  • additional equipment cleanliness requirements.

The response plan was prepared by the CFIA in consultation with the Canadian Potato Council, the Prince Edward Island Potato Board and the Province of P.E.I. and other industry stakeholders. The draft plan also incorporates recommendations from the International Advisory Panel on Potato Wart in P.E.I. and input received during a consultation on three potato wart risk-management documents earlier this year.

All feedback received during this consultation will be considered as the plan is finalized. Once it is, a transition process for P.E.I. growers impacted by potato wart will be developed to assist growers in moving from the current Potato Wart Domestic Long Term Management Plan to the new response plan. The final plan will apply to new detections of potato wart anywhere in Canada, other than Newfoundland and Labrador.

Input and questions on the draft plan will be accepted until the close of the consultation period on July 26.

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