Blue­berry plants sold by Costco in St. John’s re­called

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE -

ST. JOHN’S — The Cana­dian Food In­spec­tion Agency has re­called blue­berry plants sold by Costco in St. John’s due to po­ten­tial pres­ence of a plant pest.

Con­sumers who bought blue­berry plants through­out June and July of 2018 from Costco in St. John’s, should re­turn the plants to Costco in their orig­i­nal pot, placed in a dou­ble bag. If plants have al­ready been trans­planted, the en­tire plant must be re­moved, in­clud­ing the root sys­tem and the soil that was in the orig­i­nal pot, and placed in a dou­ble bag. Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, the plants were shipped with­out proper cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from Que­bec, which is reg­u­lated for the pres­ence of blue­berry mag­got. Blue­berry mag­got does not oc­cur in New­found­land and Labrador and may pose a risk to blue­berry pro­duc­tion if it were to be in­tro­duced into the prov­ince. For in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing al­ter­nate dis­posal and dropoff lo­ca­tions, please call 709772-4424 be­tween 8 am and 4 p.m.

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