Notice to Industry - Government of Canada and Fruit and Tree Nut Industry partner to develop National Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard

Ottawa, August 1, 2014 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is working with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and partner organizations to develop a new voluntary biosecurity standard that will help protect Canada's fruit and tree nut industry from plant pests and diseases.

The CFIA, AAFC and industry partners have established the Fruit and Tree Nut Biosecurity Advisory Committee (FTNBAC) to develop a farm-level biosecurity standard by Fall 2015. This voluntary standard will provide a common approach to controlling plant pests and diseases in the fruit and tree nut industry. National farm-level biosecurity standards already exist for the potato, and the grains and oilseeds sectors.

The standard for the fruit tree and nut industry will:

  • provide guidelines for biosecurity, including prevention and integrated pest management;
  • promote a consistent approach across the country for mitigating the risks with clear guidelines for effective biosecurity;
  • enhance industry's knowledge of the risks associated with pests and diseases; and
  • help identify potential gaps in current biosecurity measures.

The standard can be adopted in its entirety by producers or it can supplement existing biosecurity programs.

Industry stakeholders are notified of the development of biosecurity standards. Committee members will be encouraged to communicate with their respective stakeholders for input throughout the development process.  Industry will be notified when development is complete and the standard is available.

Funding to develop the standard has been provided under the Growing Forward 2 Agricultural Policy Framework.

Learn more about national biosecurity standards by visiting the CFIA website.

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