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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will work with authorized service providers to carry out seed crop inspection activities. Seed crop inspection primarily involves confirming that seed production procedures for seed purity and quality are met. It also helps verify that the seed crop is free from prohibited noxious weeds. The CFIA will maintain an oversight and audit role to ensure the effectiveness of the overall program. This initiative does not apply to seed potatoes.

Five percent of pedigreed seed is already inspected through alternative service delivery in Canada, with the remainder carried out by the CFIA. Starting in 2014, most growers of pedigreed seed should be able to obtain crop inspection services for the purposes of seed certification from authorized seed crop inspection service providers.

The CFIA may, on an exceptional basis only, be required to continue to provide for delivery of seed crop inspections in those cases where an authorized service provider is not available or where it is not possible to use private inspectors. The CFIA will examine its seed crop inspection fees and review its approach to delivering seed crop inspection services in those situations where such services are required on an exceptional basis.

Seed crop inspection is the largest component of the seed certification system. A number of seed certification activities are already carried out by the private sector, such as the oversight of seed processing, sampling, testing, grading and seed tag labelling. The CFIA continues to consult and work with key industry stakeholder groups to minimize the impact of this change and ensure a smooth transition in 2014.

Using authorized service providers will give seed growers increased flexibility and choice. It will also enable the CFIA to target its resources more effectively to address its core mandate of health and safety.

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