There is a ban going into effect Thursday on shipping Ontario cherries to British Columbia.
Shipments to all other provinces will be allowed only upon obtaining a certificate from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
The restrictions are to prevent the spread of the European cherry fruit fly.
The CFIA says “the European cherry fruit fly is a harmful plant pest that can have devastating effects on cherry crops.”
The movement restrictions will apply to fresh cherries, including sweet cherries, sour cherries, mahaleb cherries and black cherries produced in Ontario.
The restrictions do not apply to processed cherries or nursery stock.
The CFIA can be asked to provide a Movement Certificate for shipments to provinces other than B.C. certifying that the cherries are free from cherry fruit flies.
“Shipments without a Movement Certificate or that are infested with cherry fruit fly will be returned to Ontario or destroyed,” says the CFIA.
“The directive will remain in place indefinitely to prevent the movement and spread of European cherry fruit fly in Canada and the United States.”