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P.E.I. Potato Wart Review to be Heard by Federal Court


An Application for a Judicial Review filed by the Prince Edward Island Potato Board will be heard by the Federal Court on March 23, 2023, a March 21 news release said.

On June 24, 2022 the P.E.I. Potato Potato Board filed an Application for a Judicial Review in the Federal Court against the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food. The Application asks the Court to set aside a number of ongoing government decisions that, since November of 2021, have prohibited the movement of P.E.I. seed potatoes to other Canadian markets and to the United States, including a Ministerial Order, the release said.

The release noted the Application alleges these decisions have restricted the movement of all P.E.I. seed potatoes, including those from fields with no relation to potato wart detections, without adequate scientific or rational justification.

“The Board continues to demand answers and accountability from the government. These decisions have caused catastrophic damage to P.E.I.’s seed industry,” the release said.

The Federal Court will hear the P.E.I. Potato Board’s Application in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on March 23. The hearing will be held at courtroom eight of the Provincial Court Building, and will begin at 9:30 a.m. — it is open to the public.

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