The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has expanded the current regulated area for Plum pox virus in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada to better prevent the spread of the plant disease and protect the area's tender fruit trees and industry. Plum pox virus affects stone fruits such as peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and almonds and poses a serious threat to Canada's tender fruit, fruit processing and nursery industries.
This expansion is in response to the confirmed finding of the disease approximately 900 meters inside the western edge of the existing regulated area. The regulated area has been expanded by 800 meters based on international standards to control the disease.
It is forbidden to move potentially infested material, such as infected wood and nursery stock, out of regulated areas. The CFIA will continue its surveillance and monitoring activities across Canada to prevent the spread of the plum pox virus. The Agency will adjust its approach to address new findings should they occur.
Additional information is available on the CFIA website at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/plant-protection/diseases/plum-pox-virus/monitoring-and-management-program/order/eng/1329402508382/1329402732284