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Biosecurity standard for grains and oilseeds introduced

Mar. 4, 2013, Ottawa, ON: Grains and oilseeds growers have a new tool to help protect crops, following the release of a national biosecurity standard on March 1.

The National Standard is a tool designed to help producers minimize and control the risk of pests and disease entering their farms, spreading within the farm or to neighbouring farms. It is applicable to farm-level operations of all types and sizes.

The standard is divided into four sections:
• Entry of pests to the farm
• Movement of pests within the farm
• Exit of pests from the farm
• Management process

The National Voluntary Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for the Grains and Oilseeds Industry was developed over two years through a partnership between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Canada Grains Council along with other stakeholders including the the Grain Growers of Canada, the Canadian Grains Commission, Canadian Canola Growers Association and provincial governments.