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Feds makes changes to Canada’s plum pox management and monitoring program

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has recently completed a 10-year review of Canada’s Plum Pox Management and Monitoring Program (PPMMP) and will be introducing program changes to ensure that the resources allocated under this program align with identified risk.

Starting in the upcoming 2022 growing season, the following activities will be implemented:

  • Increased rate of inspection of commercial facilities handling nursery stock within the PPV quarantine area (such as nurseries, retail centers, landscaping companies) in an effort to expand awareness of movement restrictions and prevent the movement of regulated articles from the PPV quarantine area
  • Risk-based inspection of residential properties in key areas along the boundary lines of the PPV quarantine area and of other properties based on risk and compliance history
  • Development of a more comprehensive outreach strategy to strengthen the public’s awareness of the pest and the restrictions within the PPV quarantine area

Note: The most critical components of the PPMMP, such as the perimeter sampling and orchard propagation inspections, remain unchanged and existing CFIA directives D-08-04 and D-99-07 are still current and active.

The Plum Pox Virus quarntine area covers portions of the Niagara Region and the City of Hamilton, in Ontario.

According to Greenhouse Canada, plum pox virus is a serious plant disease infecting stone fruit species of the genus Prunus including peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, almonds and ornamental varieties such as purple-leaf sandcherry and flowering almond.

PPV does not kill trees, but it can reduce yields and is transmitted from infected trees by aphids or by grafting or budding. PPV does not affect human or animal health.

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