Implementing the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Policy Directive D-11-01: Phytosanitary Requirements for Plants for Planting and Fresh Branches to Prevent the Entry and Spread of Anoplophora spp
OTTAWA, December 22, 2011: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has implemented policy directive D-11-01: Phytosanitary Requirements for Plants for Planting and Fresh Branches to Prevent the Entry and Spread of Anoplophora spp. It has done this to prevent the Anoplophora species of wood-boring beetles (such as the Asian long-horned beetle and the citrus long-horned beetle from being introduced into Canada in order to protect Canada’s plant resource base.
This directive outlines the phytosanitary requirements for imports of plants for planting and for fresh branches that are considered hosts of Anoplophora spp. Host species include birch (Betula spp.), poplar (Populus spp.), maple (Acer spp.) and rose (Rosa spp.).
These new requirements will affect 90 different genera of plants entering Canada from 41 countries.
These longhorned beetles are native to China, Japan, Korea and other countries in Asia. They are very serious and damaging pests that have the potential to severely impact Canadian plant resources. Both the citrus long-horned beetle and the Asian long-horned beetle are considered serious quarantine pests by several countries, including members of the European Union, the United States and Canada.
Canada added Anoplophora spp. to the regulated pest list in 2000. In 2002, the CFIA adopted requirements as per International Standards on Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15, to prevent Anoplophora spp. from being introduced into Canada through wood packaging.
The Government of Canada is committed to protecting Canada’s plant resource base by preventing the introduction and spread of invasive plant pests, which can seriously harm Canada’s environment, forests and agricultural resources.
For more information on policy directive D-11-01 (2011), please visit www.inspection.gc.ca or contact
Horticulture Specialist, Horticulture Division
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