Hay must be fumigated before transporting

| Friday, August 16, 2002

Acting 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.

Fumigation 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.

So far, 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.

Truckers 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.

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