president of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Andre
Gravel, has a message to Canadian truckers with an important warning.
Gravel says a campaign has been organized by farmers in Eastern
Canada to take their surplus hay and send it to drought-stricken
farmers in the Prairie provinces but it needs fumigated first.
is required to kill cereal leaf beetle, a pest that could have
serious consequences for Prairie farmers if it spread from the
East to the West. The agency has played a role by arranging for
the fumigation of the donated hay.
all of the hay handled under the "Haywest" campaign
has been transported by rail, says Gravel. However, there have
been reports, and the agency has received enquiries, about transporting
hay by truck. Trucks from east of Thunder Bay that are carrying
hay without the proper CFIA documentation to show the hay has
been fumigated may be turned back or required to wait while the
hay is fumigated.
who plan on assisting with the hay movement need to contact CFIA
immediately. A list of locations and telephone numbers of all
CFIA regional and area offices is available on the CFIA web site
at www.inspection.gc.ca (click on "Contact Us"). You
can also call the agency at 1-800-561-3350 in the province of
Québec, or 1-800-442-2342 in other provinces.