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Potato Farmer Nets Fine over Marketing

The “inter-provincial marketing of potatoes” from Quebec to New Brunswick is a violation of the Canada Agricultural Products Act, and it comes with a fine.

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, David Savage of Grand Falls, New Brunswick has pleaded guilty to one count of contravening the Canada Agricultural Products Act and paid a fine of $2,000.

CFIA says that on or about September 26, 2008 David Savage was involved in the inter-provincial marketing of potatoes from Quebec to New Brunswick that were not accompanied by ministerial exemption documents or one of the documents referred in subsection 29(2) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations, contrary to subsection 17(a) of the Canada Agricultural Products Act.

Section 17(a) of the Canada Agricultural Products Act states:  “No person shall, except in accordance with this Act or the regulations, (a) market an agricultural product in import, export or inter-provincial trade.”

That apparently means that in the future, Savage will have to keep his potatoes closer to home.

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