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Notice to industry: Expansion of regulated area for blueberry maggot

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Ottawa, February 21, 2020 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has expanded the geographic boundaries of the regulated area for blueberry maggot in the province of Quebec.

Following consultations with blueberry producers and stakeholders, the CFIA has expanded the regulated areas in Quebec. The following MRCs have been added to the list of regulated MRCs: Maria-Chapdelaine, Domaine-du-Roy, Lac-St-Jean Est, Saguenay and Fjord-du-Saguenay. See the map of the updated regulated area for greater detail.

The new regulated area will allow producers to move their fruit within this area without certification while preventing the spread of the blueberry maggot into unregulated areas. Fresh blueberries moving out of the regulated area will continue to require a movement certificate issued by the CFIA. Any person who fails to adhere to the movement restrictions may be subject to a fine, prosecution or both.

complete summary of the changes can be found on the CFIA website.

Blueberry maggot is a regulated pest under the Plant Protection Act and poses a serious threat to the fresh fruit industry in Canada.

Since its discovery in the Maritimes in the 1930's, the blueberry maggot has become established in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, southern Ontario (1993) and southern Quebec (1996). Blueberry maggot has not been found in other areas of Canada.

For more information, contact your local CFIA office or visit the blueberry maggot page.

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