Evaluating the regulatory status of light brown apple moth (Epiphyas postvittana)

Current status: Closed

The consultation ran from August 5, 2022, to October 4, 2022.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) sought 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 was 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 was to develop a risk-based approach to managing the pest that takes into consideration how it is regulated in the United States and elsewhere.

Who was the focus of this consultation

The CFIA sought 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

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Contact us

If you have questions about this or future consultations, please send an email to cfia.horticulture.acia@inspection.gc.ca.