Share your thoughts: Evaluating the regulatory status of light brown apple moth (Epiphyas postvittana)
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is seeking feedback from Canadians, industry, producers and other stakeholders on proposed changes to the regulatory status of a regulated quarantine pest called light brown apple moth (Epiphyas postvittana).
The moth is established in California, where it was a regulated pest until December 17, 2021. It is likely to be able to survive along the west coast of British Columbia and in greenhouses across the country.
While it poses no threat to human or animal health, if introduced in Canada, damage to our commercial fruit, vegetable and ornamental industries is anticipated. Gardens in at-risk areas may also be affected.
Current requirements are outlined in the Phytosanitary import requirements to prevent the entry of Epiphyas postvittana (light brown apple moth), and enforced by the CFIA.
This consultation is open for 60 days to solicit comments on how Canada manages a plant pest that is not present, but that may enter in association with imported goods. The objective of the consultation is to develop a risk-based approach to managing the pest that takes into consideration how it is regulated in the United States and elsewhere.
- APHIS removes the federal domestic quarantine for light brown apple moth (Epiphyas postvittana) and interstate movement restrictions
How to participate
- Learn about the proposed changes: RMD-22-01: Risk management document – proposed amendments to risk management of light brown apple moth (Epiphyas postvittana) (PDF)
- Send an email with your ideas or comments
- Sign up for email notifications to receive updates, such as the what we heard report following the consultation
Who is the focus of this consultation
The CFIA is seeking comments from:
- producers and packers
- individuals, businesses and organizations involved in the international trade of horticultural commodities
- consumers, gardeners and interested public parties
- other government departments or agencies, including provincial/territorial and municipal
- trading partners
Key themes for discussion
You are invited to share your ideas and input about:
- possible deregulation of all imported items previously associated with the introduction of light brown apple moth
- possible redesign of the import program for light brown apple moth, focusing on the articles that pose the greatest risk
Please refer to the RMD-22-01: Risk management document – proposed amendments to risk management of light brown apple moth (Epiphyas postvittana) (PDF) before you participate.
Sign-up for email notifications
To receive a notice the consultation, sign-up for email notifications and select Plant Pest Information. A message will be sent to you with updates on this consultation, when available, and other plant pest information (such as new detections and regulated areas for invasive species).
Your opinion counts!
Submit your ideas, questions, concerns or comments about this consultation to email@example.com.
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