Notice to Industry – Seeking comments on Draft Risk Management Document for Verticillium longisporum

March 15, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is seeking feedback on ways to manage a plant fungus associated with the production of canola and cruciferous vegetables in Canada.

Today the CFIA posted a draft Risk Management Document on Verticillium longisporum for consultation until May 15, 2017. Interested individuals and organizations are invited to read the draft document and provide comments. Feedback will help decide whether it is feasible to regulate this fungus.

First detected in 2014, Verticillium longisporum is found on a range of crops in the cruciferous plant family, including canola, and can decrease quality and yield. The CFIA, in partnership with industry and provincial partners, has since conducted more than one thousand field surveys, which have confirmed its presence in all major canola-growing areas of Canada.

To read the Risk Management Document, please go to RMD-17-01: Pest Risk Management Document – Verticillium longisporum (Verticillium stripe). Comments should be directed to: CFIA-Grains-ACIA by May 15, 2017.

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