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Canada: Prince Edward Island seed potatoes cleared for export to the U.S. after no more wart found

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has lifted its voluntary suspension of export certification for P.E.I. seed potatoes, allowing trade to the United States to resume. The suspension was lifted as of March 11, 2021, the agency said in a statement emailed to CBC News.

CFIA said the move followed “technical discussions with the U.S.” when its testing revealed no more cases of potato wart in Prince Edward Island fields, after two samples from fields on the same farm tested positive in October. “All seed potatoes for export to the U.S. from Canada must continue to meet U.S. import requirements,” the agency’s email noted. 

The P.E.I. Potato Board confirms there have already been shipments of seed potatoes from P.E.I. to the U.S. since the CFIA announcement.

Source: CBC. Full story here
Photo: Brian McInnis/CBC

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