Notice to Industry – Biosecurity Guide for Fruit and Tree Nut Producers Now Available

March 31, 2017, Ottawa: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and sector organizations, has released a voluntary producer biosecurity guide for fruit and tree nut producers. The guide supports the National Voluntary Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for the Fruit and Tree Nut Industriesthat was released in March 2016.

The Standard and producer biosecurity guide were developed by the Fruit and Tree Nut Biosecurity Advisory Committee (FTNBAC), which includes members from sector associations, producers, academia, and federal and provincial specialists.

The biosecurity guide, in combination with the Standard, will assist producers by:

  • Raising awareness of biosecurity risks and the measures that can help reduce the risk of pest introduction and spread.
  • Providing a nationally consistent approach to develop and implement a biosecurity plan in the sector.

The Standard and producer biosecurity guide are voluntary and can be adopted in their entirety or can supplement existing on-farm biosecurity programs. Funding to develop the Standard and producer biosecurity guide has been provided under the Growing Forward 2 Agricultural Policy Framework.

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