The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed the detection of Golden Nematode on a potato farm just east of Montreal.

The Golden Nematode does not pose a risk to human health, but is considered a quarantine pest internationally because they can significantly affect the yields of potatoes and other host crops.

Manitoba Agriculture potato pest management specialist John Heard notes C.F.I.A. has placed a quaratine on the farm.

He adds this is the first case of Golden Nematode in mainland Canada as there have been other cases in Newfoundland and Vancouver Island.

Heard notes for Manitoba growers there is really no reason for concern as quarantines have proven very effective in the past.

In response to the discovery, the U.S. government has temporarily banned imports of  potatoes for seed, consumption, or processing, soil and related articles, and grass sod from the province of Quebec.