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Notice to Alberta wheat growers: CFIA notified of violations to Peru’s list of banned weed seeds in wheat shipments

The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) has learned that the Peruvian National Plant Protection organization (SENASA) has reported four notices of non-compliance to Canada for the detection of banned weed seeds in wheat shipments. 

Banned weed seeds detected in Canadian shipments included Kochia, Field Sow Thistle, Knotweed and Ragweed – all of which are common to western Canadian wheat crops. 

Cereals Canada and the Western Grain Elevators Association (WGEA) are working with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as well as the Canadian embassy in Peru and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Market Access Secretariat to resolve the issue in a way that minimizes potential disruptions to trade. The industry is also evaluating the increased cost and risk of shipping to Peru. Canada currently exports more than a million metric tonnes of wheat and durum to Peru annually and holds 63 percent of the market. 

Communication with grain buyers is also underway to ensure awareness of this issue as well as to encourage that wheat inventory assessments take place to detect seeds included on Peru’s list.

AWC will keep growers informed of developments to this issue as new information becomes available.

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