Will It Be Tit For Tat?

Published online: Aug 14, 2002
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A major question is looming over the eastern United States and Canadian potato industries.

Since the Mop Top virus was recently discovered in Maine, Prince Edward Island, Can., potato growers are wondering if Canadian inspection officials will close the Canadian/United States border to U.S. potatoes being shipped into Canada.

Just over two years ago, when the potato wart fungus was discovered on PEI, the United States Animal, Plant Health Inspection Service closed the international border to Canadian potatoes going into the United States.

While the industry researches the problem, growers and buyers on each side of the border are nervous about the situation.