Prince Edward Island's potato industry has nothing to fear from Ottawa's decision to stop providing a spray-down service for vehicles at the Newfoundland ferry terminals, says Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.
Last week, Canadian Food Inspection Agency officials confirmed the service would end, eliminating six CFIA jobs at the ferry terminal in Port aux Basques, Newfoundland. CFIA officials will, however continue inspecting vehicles, just not rinsing them, Ritz said. The service involves rinsing soil-contaminated vehicles leaving Newfoundland, preventing the spread of nematodes. Nematodes, or roundworms, can infest and destroy potato plants.