CFIA Issues Revisions On Potatoes

Published online: Feb 17, 2005
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Canadian Food Inspection Agency, in a memo issued today, said it is issuing revisions on import requirements for seed potatoes and other potato propagative material.

The directive No. D-98-01 has been revised and can be picked up off the web site: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/plaveg/protect/dir/d-98-01e.shtml

The purpose is:
1) To incorporate provisions recognizing the testing for Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. sepedonicus done in United States laboratories under the USDA/APHIS quality assurance program.

2) To remove PSTVd testing requirements since all U.S. seed-growing areas were determined by a survey to be free of PSTVd.

3) To remove reference to the obsolete Canada/U.S. PVYn management plan.

4) To clarify that a Phytosanitary Certificate or a North American Certified Seed Potato Health Certificate is required for imported material produced in a protected environment and not intended for recertification.

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