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CFIA Seeking Input for Draft National Potato Wart Plan

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is seeking feedback on the draft National Potato Wart Response Plan.

The draft National Potato Wart Response Plan introduces new measures aimed at enhancing our methods for containing, controlling, and preventing the spread of potato wart. This plan incorporates insights from a consultation on three potato wart risk management documents, which concluded in January 2024, as well as recommendations from the International Advisory Panel and feedback from industry stakeholders.

The press release states the CFIA is seeking feedback about measures included in this draft plan that would be applied to fields following the detection and confirmation of potato wart and an investigation to restrict the potential spread of the potato wart. These measures include:

  • the use of resistant potato varieties
  • increased soil analysis, and
  • additional equipment cleanliness requirements.

In 2020, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) initiated a comprehensive reassessment of its strategy for potato wart, aligning with contemporary scientific understanding, global benchmarks, and emerging technologies. This review encompassed the creation of a pest risk assessment, a pathway risk assessment document, and an evaluation of investigative protocols alongside the Potato Wart Domestic Long-Term Management Plan.

The CFIA’s goal of this consultation is to support the completion of a new national-level potato wart response plan that will replace the existing Potato Wart Domestic Long Term Management Plan.

The CFIA is seeking comments and feedback until July 26, 2024. Visit the consultation page to obtain a copy of the draft National Potato Wart Response Plan and learn more.

If you have any questions, you can email the CFIA at [email protected]

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