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Potato Wart Rules Set for Exporting from PEI to U.S.

(CBC News – Angela Walker)

New requirements are in place for exporting potatoes from Prince Edward Island to the United States.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has negotiated an agreement with the U.S. to prevent the spread of potato wart and maintain market access for Canadian potato growers. The CFIA said the new requirements are due to recent detections of potato wart on P.E.I. and the need to prevent further spread.

P.E.I. potatoes must have a special inspection conducted by the CFIA, documentation that they were grown in a field where potato wart has not been found, and they must be washed or dry-brushed and treated with a registered sprout inhibitor if harvested more than 30 days before shipment. Click here to read more.