Fusarium Free Labels

Resolution 5-21 – Opportunity to provide input

On May 19, 2021 the Agricultural Service Board Provincial Committee received a response to resolution 5-21 from the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food regarding the request to add a “Fusarium graminearum Free” label to seed after it is cleaned. The response indicates that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has launched a seed regulatory modernization review of the seed regulatory framework. Indeed the consultations on trailing and end point royalty that occurred in 2018 were part of this same “multi-year, structured and comprehensive review” of the seed regulatory framework.

Minister Bibeau encourages providing direct input on seed regulatory modernization to CFIA by directing emails to cfia.seedregmod-modregsem.acia@canada.ca . Any ASB wanting to contribute to the seed regulatory framework modernization is encouraged to send their feedback directly to the CFIA.

“The goal of the modernization is to improve consistency, reduce complexity, and provide
flexibility for seed systems to keep pace with advancements in industry as well as bolster consumer protection. Seed regulatory modernization is an excellent forum to introduce seed testing and labelling issues for discussion, such as the one identified in resolution 5-21. There will be many opportunities for agricultural associations to provide input.” Minister Bibeau

The CFIA did not extend the same invitation for direct email input into the farm saved seed discussion in their response to resolution 9-21, but since it is part of the same modernization framework, perhaps input into that discussion can also be submitted to the same address.