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Canada: Potato wart found in another Prince Edward Island field

Potato wart was detected in a field on Prince Edward Island last week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed.

As Shane Ross reports for CBC News, it was discovered in a field adjacent to one where potato wart was detected in October 2021, which resulted in CFIA banning potato shipments to the U.S. in November 2021

“Last week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s laboratory in Charlottetown detected the presence of potato wart in a field as part of its ongoing investigations related to detections in October 2021 and February 2022,” a CFIA spokesperson said in a statement to CBC.

CFIA collected more than 17,000 soil samples from March 5 to June 30 and testing on those samples continues. Finding a case of potato wart was not unexpected during the investigation, the agency said. “This detection shows that the investigation process is working…”

Source: CNC News. Full report here
Photo: Credit and courtesy CFIA

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