The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has completed all potato cyst nematode (PCN) soil sampling and testing of the 2010 seed potato crop and PCN was not detected.
Over 43,200 soil samples were collected and analysed as part of Canada's 2010 national PCN detection survey. The CFIA, working with Canadian seed potato growers, prioritized these samples to meet importing countries' requirements and export deadlines.
The CFIA, with the support of Canadian seed potato growers and other stakeholders, has tested approximately 80 percent of the entire 2010 Canadian seed potato production area.
Under IPPC Standards (e.g., ISPM No. 8), the Golden nematode, Globodera rostochiensis, is considered present (only in some areas) and subject to official control in Canada.
For further information on Golden nematode in Canada, please visit the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca.