Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

April 08, 2014 15:34 ET

Regulated Area Expanded for Plum Pox Virus in the Niagara Region

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 8, 2014) - Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has expanded the current regulated area for plum pox virus in the Niagara region to better prevent the spread of the plant disease and protect the area's tender fruit trees and industry.

There are no health or food safety risks. This expansion is in response to the confirmed finding of the disease approximately 900 meters inside the western edge of the existing regulated area. The regulated area has been expanded by 800 meters based on international standards to control the disease.

It is forbidden to move potentially infested material, such as infected wood and nursery stock, out of regulated areas. The CFIA will continue its surveillance and monitoring activities across Canada to prevent the spread of the plum pox virus. The Agency will adjust its approach to address new findings should they occur.

Quick Facts

- Plum pox virus affects stone fruits such as peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and almonds. It is a serious threat to Canada's tender fruit, fruit processing and nursery industries.

- The virus was first detected in Nova Scotia and Ontario in 2000. It has since been eradicated from Nova Scotia. The only remaining regulated area is in Ontario's Niagara region.

- This recent case is the first confirmed positive as part of the CFIA's plum pox monitoring and management program established in 2011.

Associated Links

- Plum Pox Virus Infested Places Order, 2014

- General information about plum pox virus (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

Contact Information

  • Jeff English
    Director of Communications
    The Office of Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture

    Media Relations
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency