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Export of Prince Edward Island seed potatoes to U.S. shut down after potato wart discovered

The U.S. border has closed to Prince Edward Island seed potatoes after potato wart was again found in two P.E.I. fields, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed late Friday. As Sara Fraser reports for CBC News, the CFIA confirmed potato wart in fields on two separate farms on Oct. 1 and Oct. 14 after growers submitted “suspect potatoes,” the agency said in an email response to a CBC inquiry.

The CFIA took immediate action to impose control measures on the affected fields, it said, to prevent the spread of the fungus.

Although no potatoes from either farm have been shipped outside of the province, the release said seed potato shipments from P.E.I. to the U.S. have been “temporarily suspended.”

Source: CBC News. Read the full story here
Photo: CFIA

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