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In 2014, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will require farmers (or their agents) to perform grade and quality inspections for seed potato tubers shipped domestically and to the United States. The CFIA will continue to perform surveillance and inspection activities for quarantine diseases and pests.

Inspections and issuance of domestic documents for grade and quality will be carried out by farmers or their agents, under a stringent oversight and audit program managed by the CFIA.

This builds on successful voluntary programs for seed potato tuber inspection and certification in Western Canada and New Brunswick. It provides farmers and exporters of seed potatoes with more flexibility as they no longer have to wait for CFIA inspection and issuance of associated documents prior to shipping their product to a buyer. Moving to this method will provide seed potato growers and shippers increased flexibility to address critical issues, such as timeliness and associated costs.

The CFIA will continue to focus on health and safety through surveillance and inspection for quarantine and emerging diseases and pests, while letting industry fulfill its responsibilities for the grade and quality of products. The CFIA will maintain responsibility for seed potato certification and all related regulations.

The CFIA will continue to provide grade and quality inspection during the transition period and for seed potatoes exported to countries other than the United States. This new initiative will only apply to seed potatoes shipped domestically and to the U.S. The CFIA continues to consult and work with key industry stakeholder groups to ensure a smooth transition to the new program.

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