ARCHIVED - Notice to Industry - Potato Wart Confirmed in Prince Edward Island
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August 29, 2014: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of potato wart in a single, 14.1-hectare field on a farm in Prince Edward Island.
Potato wart poses no risk to human health or food safety. However, it can impact the economic viability of the potato industry by reducing yield and making potatoes unmarketable.
The CFIA has quarantined the affected field with full cooperation from the grower. All crops from the field will be destroyed and securely disposed of.
In accordance with Canada's long-term potato wart management plan, movement controls have been placed on all equipment, plants, potato tubers and soil from the affected farm. Equipment and machinery on the farm will be cleaned and disinfected to prevent potential spread of the pest.
The CFIA is sampling and testing soil and material from other fields in the area to determine if there is any possible further infestation. Results of those tests are expected in the coming weeks. The Agency is also tracing recent movements of crops and equipment from the affected farm to identify any other potentially implicated properties.
The CFIA is working closely with the PEI government and the PEI Potato Board to control this pest and inform various stakeholders of the situation.
Canada established a long-term potato wart management plan after the pest was first detected in PEI in 2000. The plan has been used to successfully respond to previous detections of the pest. It includes regulatory requirements to effectively manage detections and prevent trade disruptions.
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