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Beginning in April 2014, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will no longer wash vehicles at the ferry terminals at Port-aux-Basques and Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador, after they have been inspected and found to be contaminated with soil. All vehicles are, and will continue to be, inspected by CFIA prior to boarding the ferry and those found to be contaminated will continue to be prohibited from boarding the ferry until they are cleaned.

The CFIA is working with various stakeholders and other federal bodies to ensure that owners and drivers of vehicles have access to washing facilities at the two ports.

Vehicle inspection was established at Port-aux-Basques and Argentia to mitigate the risk of spreading potato wart and potato cyst nematodes to other provinces. These invasive pests can be moved via soil and other high-risk items such as plants or plant products.

Potato wart and potato cyst nematodes, quarantine pests for Canada, are currently established in parts of Newfoundland and Labrador. These pests are recognized worldwide as significant quarantine pests of potato crops and can survive for at least 30 years in soil.

These changes will allow the CFIA to focus on inspection activities that support its mission to safeguard food, plants and animals. The CFIA remains strongly committed to protecting potato producing regions in Canada, and recognizes the important role we all play in ensuring proper preventative measures are taken.

These changes are expected by April 2014. In the meantime, the CFIA will continue to wash contaminated vehicles at both ports.

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