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Prince Edward Island potato wart dispute: Canadian federal court backs CFIA and Minister of Agriculture

The Government of Canada accepts the decision rendered by the Federal Court today, resulting from an application for judicial review brought by the Prince Edward Island Potato Board (PEI PB), according to a news release issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

The PEI PB challenged a series of decisions by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, which includes the Potato Wart Ministerial Order. 

The Government says it accepts the decision of the Federal Court, which dismissed the application for Judicial Review because the decisions under review were either moot or reasonable.

According to the CFIA, “the Government of Canada is committed to maintaining confidence in Canada’s plant health system, both domestically and abroad. Effective management of potato wart requires a concerted effort by everyone involved.

“As the regulator, it is the role of the CFIA to help contain, control and prevent the spread of potato wart. The CFIA will continue to work with growers, industry, provinces and trading partners to manage this disease while supporting industry activities.”

The CFIA says it will continue to be guided by solid data, science, international standards, legislative authorities and best practices.

Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Read the full press release here
Image: Potato wart infected tubers. Credit and courtesy CFIA

Learn more about potato wart and the ongoing investigations in Prince Edward Island.

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