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Light brown apple moth – Epiphyas postvittana

Light brown apple moth (LBAM) is a regulated pest for Canada. It affects many different plant species and has successfully invaded new areas, including the State of California where it was a regulated pest until December 17, 2021. It is likely to be able to survive out-of-doors along the west coast of British Columbia, and in greenhouses across the country. If introduced, damage to Canada's commercial fruit, vegetable and ornamental industries is anticipated. Gardens in at-risk areas may also be affected. LBAM poses no threat to human or animal health.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is currently reviewing the regulatory status of light brown apple moth. During the summer of 2022 the CFIA will be consulting with stakeholders on a risk management document. The import requirements described in directive D-07-03 remain in effect until a regulatory decision is finalized.

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