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CFIA launches public consultation on draft National Potato Wart Response Plan

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced the commencement of a 60-day public consultation period to gather feedback on the draft version of the National Potato Wart Response Plan. This initiative aims to enhance existing protocols for containing, controlling, and preventing the spread of potato wart, a significant pest affecting potato crops.

The consultation opened on May 24, 2024 and will close to new input on July 26, 2024.

The proposed response plan builds upon insights gained from a recent consultation on three potato wart risk management documents, which concluded in January 2024. It also incorporates recommendations from the International Advisory Panel and feedback from various industry stakeholders.

Background and Purpose

In 2020, the CFIA embarked on a comprehensive review of its potato wart management strategies, informed by current scientific research, international standards, and emerging technologies. This review led to the development of several critical documents, including a pest risk assessment, a pathway risk assessment, and a detailed examination of investigation procedures.

The ultimate goal is to update the Potato Wart Domestic Long-Term Management Plan with a robust, national-level response plan.

Participating in the Consultation

The CFIA invites potato farmers, packers, processors, industry associations, seed potato industry members, producer groups, commodity associations, consumers, other government departments, trading partners, and special interest groups to participate in this consultation.

Feedback can be submitted via email, with “National Potato Wart Response Plan” in the subject line, to cfia.potatosection-sectiondespommesdeterre.acia@inspection.gc.ca.

Key Discussion Topics

The consultation seeks input on several critical measures proposed in the draft plan, which will be applied following the detection and confirmation of potato wart in a field. These measures include:

  • The use of resistant potato varieties
  • Increased soil analysis
  • Additional equipment cleanliness requirements

The CFIA is particularly interested in receiving feedback on these measures from the broad spectrum of stakeholders to ensure that the final plan is comprehensive and effective.

The CFIA’s initiative to update and improve its potato wart response measures underscores the agency’s commitment to safeguarding Canada’s potato industry. By engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, the CFIA aims to develop a response plan that not only mitigates the risks associated with potato wart but also strengthens the overall resilience of the sector.

For more information and to review the draft plan, interested parties are encouraged to visit the CFIA’s website.

Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Original release here
Contact:
Email: cfia.potatosection-sectiondespommesdeterre.acia@inspection.gc.ca
Image: Credit CFIA

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