Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

April 25, 2007 09:00 ET

CFIA Announces New Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle (BSLB) Measures

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 25, 2007) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today announced new regulatory measures in response to new Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle (BSLB) detections in Nova Scotia. The new measures, developed through consultation with stakeholders and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), work to contain the BSLB while allowing scientists and researchers to better understand the pest, and will come into effect on May 14, 2007.

"These new measures will allow the industry in Nova Scotia to continue to move regulated items to mills and markets while limiting the spread of BSLB," said Minister Strahl.

Under the Plant Protection Act, the CFIA is responsible for the implementation of science-based regulatory measures to protect areas free of quarantine pests such as BSLB in Nova Scotia and to fulfill international obligations.

The new measures redefine regulated articles to include only the higher risk commodities of spruce logs, bark and unprocessed wood chips. In addition, less restrictive conditions for processing and controlled movement of the regulated articles will help producers move their product to market. Also, there will be an expansion of the containment area to include new detections plus a 10 kilometre buffer zone. The containment area, to which these measures apply, will include central Halifax County and very small adjacent portions of Colchester and Hants Counties. Mills and other processors outside of the containment area will be allowed to process regulated articles which originated inside the containment area once they have obtained a Risk Mitigation Agreement from CFIA.

"The province of Nova Scotia is committed to working with CFIA and stakeholders to protect the province's natural resources from this pest," said David Morse, Nova Scotia Minister of Natural Resources.

Complete details, including a map of the new containment area, will be posted to the CFIA's website at

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