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First truckloads of Prince Edward Island potatoes arrive in American markets

Potatoes from the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island are once again rolling down the highway to the United States, with the first truckloads arriving in the Boston area Tuesday morning. As Nancy Russell  reports for CBC News, exporters began loading their trucks on Monday, three days after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the potatoes would be permitted south of the border and four months after the ban was first imposed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

The P.E.I. Potato Board, which tracks trucks headed to the U.S., reported eight trucks heading south on Monday, nine on Tuesday and 17 on Wednesday.

“We’re pleased, first of all, to actually have trucks going across the border,” the board’s general manager, Greg Donald, said. “Demand is strong. They need our potatoes.”

Source: CBC News. Full report here
Photo: Large totes of potatoes are loaded on a truck Monday to be shipped by Red Isle Produce to a customer in the Boston area, one of the first shipments to leave the Island after the border reopened. Courtesy and credit Kirk Pennell/CBC

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