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Bad news for the Canadian potato industry: Potato wart confirmed in Prince Edward Island

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of potato wart (Synchytrium endobioticum) in two fields on a farm in Prince Edward Island (PEI), according to a pest report issued today by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).

According to the report, the CFIA has placed the fields under quarantine and is carrying out official control measures under the authority of the federal Plant Protection Act and Plant Protection Regulations, and as part of Canada’s Potato Wart Domestic Long-Term Management Plan. Measures include surveillance; controlling the movement of equipment, tubers, plant material and soil; and, cleaning and disinfecting machinery to prevent spread of the pest. 

The CFIA, the PEI government and PEI industry associations are reportedly working together collaboratively to control this pest. The Potato Wart Domestic Long-Term Management Plan was established after an initial finding of potato wart in PEI in 2000 in order to respond to detections of the pest and to prevent trade disruptions. 

In accordance with International Plant Protection Convention principles and standards for determining pest status, potato wart is considered to be present but not widely distributed in Canada and is under official control. 

Source: FAO | IPPC. Original report here
Photo: CFIA

Contact for info: Gordon Henry, National Manager, Potato and Forestry Section, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, [email protected] or 613-773-7396

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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