Potato Ring Rot Infects P.E.I. Farms

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P.E.I. — The P.E.I. provincial Department of Agriculture recently noted potato ring rot has been found on two farms, CBC News reports.

Ring rot, which is characterized by a ring of cheesy, bacterial ooze within the vegetable, does not pose a significant risk to human health, but I does mean farmers may be unable to market their potatoes for seed.

“When bacterial rot is found in a seed lot those farms will lose their seed potato status,” Dave McManus, seed potato program co-ordinator with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, told the CBC. “They can market their potatoes for table stock, but they can’st market them for seed.”

The locations of the affected farms have not been made public.

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