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Prince Edward Island potato industry in limbo as Canada suspends shipments to U.S.

Millions of pounds of potatoes are effectively “not going anywhere” for one Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) farmer following a recent decision by the federal government to suspend shipments of all fresh potatoes from the province to the United States, according to a CTV news report by Michael Lee.

Like many in the province, Ray Keenan, co-owner of Rollo Bay Holdings Ltd., is trying to understand the rationale behind the suspension, which was made in response to the October discovery by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) of potato wart in two P.E.I. fields.

About 40 per cent of Rollo Bay’s crop is destined for the U.S., which equates to roughly 120 million pounds of potatoes. “The reality is it’s going to take all parties to get this resolved, both Canadian and U.S.,” Keenan told CTV’s Your Morning on Wednesday. “I do think it’s a bit of overkill here the way this has all happened and unwound.”

Keenan said their American customers extend down the eastern seaboard and out in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. He said this is putting “chaos” into a supply chain that is “very joined at the hip” with the United States.

Source: CTV News. Read the full story and watch a video here
Photo: Courtesy CTV News

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