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CFIA clarifies new plant health requirements preventing spread of pests


OTTAWA, Ont.–To prevent the import and spread of plant pests in Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is clarifying its import and domestic movement requirements under the Plant Protection Act.

Effective July 13, 2015, two new policy directives are in force: D-12-02: Import Requirements for Potentially Injurious Organisms (Other than Plants) to Prevent the Importation of Plant Pests in Canada  and D-12-03: Domestic Requirements for Potentially Injurious Organisms (Other than Plants) to Prevent the Spread of Plant Pests Within Canada.

The new policies aim to prevent the import and spread of plant pests into Canada and streamline the import permit application process, said the release.

Some organisms, such as snails, insects and bacteria, may be harmful to plant health if not carefully handled.

These new policy requirements aim to provide clear guidelines for importing and handling potentially harmful organisms in Canada and allow stakeholders to move them within Canada, providing greater access to organisms for scientific, educational and exhibition purposes, said CFIA.