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No U.S. ban on Island potatoes

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. -- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says its U.S. counterparts inspected two Island potato...


CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says its U.S. counterparts inspected two Island potato fields and are satisfied that the wart virus outbreak has been contained.

It is now unlikely that potatoes will be stopped at the border and U.S food inspectors don’t anticipate a ban on Island potatoes.

Inspectors found two cases of potato wart in the province in recent weeks, arousing fears the U.S. would again close the border and throw the industry into chaos as it did two years ago.

Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture assured Canadian colleagues that the three-year plan created after the 2000 outbreak to prevent the spread of the virus will be put into place this time around as well.


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