As the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) continues to seek and review comments to its draft directives, “D-12-04 Phytosanitary import requirements for grain of field crops including pulses, oilseeds, cereals (other than barley, oat, rye, triticale, and wheat), forages and other special crops from all origins except the continental United States” and “D-12-05 Phytosanitary import requirements for grain of field crops including pulses, oilseeds, cereals (other than barley, oats, rye, triticale, and wheat), forages, and other special crops from the continental United States”, the CFIA has decided to further provide industry and trading partners opportunity to comment beyond the previously communicated February 15, 2013 date. During this time, the CFIA will continue to dialogue with industry and stakeholders.
The CFIA remains committed to protecting Canada’s environment and agricultural sector from the impact of quarantine pests, including weeds. Recognizing the potential impact of these proposed directives, while trying to minimize any burden to industry, the CFIA is proposing a risk-based approach to the implementation to protect Canada from the introduction of invasive weeds and insects. The introduction of these pests can have a negative impact on Canada’s agricultural sector in terms of increased input costs (such as pest control, including herbicide/insecticide), reduced yields and loss of export markets.
The CFIA plans to consult specifically with stakeholders to ensure better understanding and potential impacts to this innovative approach. In the coming weeks, the CFIA will be providing more detailed explanations of its proposed risk-based approach and will be seeking your comments. It would be further appreciated if you could distribute this message to members of your association who may not have had an opportunity to provide comments as part of the initial comment phase.
A closing date for the comment period as well as an implementation date will be announced at a later date based on comments received by CFIA.
The draft plant health directives related to grain and oilseeds will be posted on CFIA’s website in the coming weeks. If you are interested to receive notifications from the CFIA on grains and oilseeds plant health directives, we encourage you to subscribe to the list serve by following this link.