Alberta Growers 'Cement' Resolve

Published online: Jul 16, 2004
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Apparently Alberta, Canada, potato growers are going to cover all their bases as a third suit to stop the release from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency of inspection information on bacterial ring rot was filed in with the Attorney General of Canada.

Potato Growers of Alberta, along with the original Alberta seed farm named in a suit by a Washington state grower seeking $10 million in damages, filed this suit in Ottawa to block the Canadian government from disclosing public information about the BRR outbreak in Canada.

This latest suit follows a string of lawsuits during the last three weeks by PGA and six other seed growers to also block the release of records.

The first filed in late June was against the CFIA to block release of inspection records. The second was by six Alberta growers against the Attorney General. The third suit includes the PGA plus the grower named in the suit filed in Washington state court filed in Ottawa court..

The PGA hopes to get a hearing in the Ottawa court. The suit filed in Alberta court will provide a hearing on July 21.