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Pilot Project for Soybean Seed Crop Inspection

22 February 2011

CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Canadian Seed Growers' Association (CSGA), Canadian Seed Institute (CSI) and Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) are working together to explore options for the most efficient and effective seed certification in Canada.

As a result, they will be conducting a pilot project during the 2011 growing season for Certified soybean seed crop inspection in Southern Ontario.

For this pilot project, individuals who have been trained, evaluated and licensed by the CFIA will conduct seed crop inspection on a limited number of Certified soybean seed crops in the Chatham and London areas.

The project builds on the current system in place for hybrid corn and hybrid canola. Only companies that currently provide authorized seed crop inspection services are being considered for the pilot project.

Other than this pilot project, there will be no changes related to seed crop inspection for the 2011 crop year.

The CFIA will continue to retain overall responsibility for seed certification in Canada, including monitoring and audits of all seed crop inspection activities.

The CFIA is committed to working with industry to continually improve service delivery and maximize the effectiveness of the seed certification program. The CFIA, CSGA, CSI and CSTA will review the results of the pilot project and work together to determine next steps.

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