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Canadian produce industry urges parliamentarians to consider important labour and health issues

Members and staff of CPMA and CHC in front of Parliament.

On November 22 and 23, industry leaders representing the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) met with nearly 60 Parliamentarians and civil servants in Ottawa to discuss key issues currently affecting the Canadian fresh fruit and vegetable sector. Notably, CPMA and CHC representatives addressed the need for a national fruit…

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Minister of International Trade shares CHC’s concern over French ban that puts Canadian cherry exports at risk

Cherries. Photo: Unsplash

Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, shares the Canadian Horticultural Council’s (CHC’s) concern over France’s ban of products from countries where dimethoate is registered as a pesticide. Dimethoate is used for control of sucking and chewing insects and fruit flies, and is currently used in orchards after harvest for control of western cherry fruit…

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PMRA proposes continued sale of acephate products

Tractor spraying a field. Photo by Chafer Machinery / CC BY 2.0

Following an evaluation of available scientific information, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has determined that properly labelled products containing acephate do not pose unacceptable risk to human health nor to the environment. As such, the PMRA has proposed that products containing acephate continue to be sold in Canada. Full details of the PMRA’s…

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CHC welcomes two new managers

CHC’s new managers: David Folkerson (Communications) and Nancy Baker (Policy Research and Development). Photo: CHC

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is pleased to welcome two new managers to its team. Nancy Baker, CHC’s new Manager of Policy Research and Development, has an extensive professional background that includes public policy development, analysis, research, stakeholder engagement and advocacy.  She has worked on Parliament Hill, including as an advisor to a senior cab­­inet…

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CFIA postpones final phase of requirements to prevent European Grapevine moth

European Grapevine moth. Photo: Wikipedia

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has delayed its final set of requirements intended to prevent the introduction of the European Grapevine moth to Canada.  The delayed requirements apply to kiwi fruit, plants for planting, and fresh herbs. These requirements have been postponed until further notice. Requirements for other fresh fruit, including grapes and blueberries,…

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CFIA authorizes test marketing of beets of various colours packaged together

Fresh golden and red beets. Photo by Flickr users Chris and Jenni.

Following a request by Loblaws Companies Limited to establish a test market for beets of various colours packaged together, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) solicited comments from industry stakeholders and provincial governments as per the Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Regulations. No opposition was received to this test market proposal. As such, the CFIA now…

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