Wednesday, February 9, 2022

P.E.I. spuds gain access to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has been cleared to import potatoes from Prince 

Edward Island, opening a back door to the United States market.

Canada has refused to grant permits to export P.E.I. potatoes to the United States since November, citing U.S. concerns about potato wart fungus that has been confirmed in two fields there.

But the U.S. will allow imports from Puerto Rico because it does not grow potatoes, said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Negotiations between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and U.S. counterparts continue with the aim of soon lifting the ban that has disrupted the nation-wide Canadian potato markets.