A P.E.I. Potato Board application for a judicial review of federal government restrictions prohibiting the export of seed potatoes is scheduled to be heard in Federal Court later this week, as Arturo Chang reports for CBC News.
Chang reports that the board filed the application against the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Federal Minister of Agriculture last June. The application asks the court to set aside several ongoing government decisions prohibiting the movement of P.E.I. seed potatoes to other markets since late 2021. The ban was put in place following the discovery of potato wart on some Island fields.
The application alleges the decision had no relation the potato wart detection and lacked “adequate scientific or rational justification,” according to a release issued by the board on Tuesday.
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Photo: Hundreds of millions of potatoes had to be destroyed after the ban was put in place. Credit Cody MacKay/CBC