MAINE, Maine – Canada says it has suspended all shipments of fresh potatoes from Prince Edward Island to the United States after the recent discovery of potato wart on several farms in the province.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced the order in a press release Monday.
Federal Agriculture Secretary Marie-Claude Bibeau says the US has made it clear that it would ban imports of all fresh potatoes from the province if Canada did not act first to suspend trade.
Potato wart is a fungal parasite that is spread by the movement of infected potatoes, soil and agricultural machinery. It poses no threat to human health, but can greatly reduce potato yields.