Nearly 200 pounds of potatoes from P.E.I. that were destined for the United States were stopped in December because the shipment contained dead potatoes.
The shipment of white potatoes was stopped at the Port of Halifax on Dec. 4. A United States Customs and Border Protection spokesman said the potatoes contained micro-mature potatoes, which are older than 30 days and were dried and retested after the inspection found they contained a cancerous growth.
The Halifax Sun and the Daily News report that Larry Knowles, commissioner of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, said that since potatoes are supposed to be a vital part of the Canadian economy, that province is investigating the incident.
No one in P.E.I. told Patrick Justice, U.S. customs commissioner, that the shipment contained such an export. Justice was reportedly informed that it contained a live micro-mature potato but that when he responded, he was told by officials in P.E.I. that he was told it was micro-mature potatoes.
Justice has been notified that “possible health risks exist,” according to a spokesperson with the FDA.
The shipment was valued at $14,340. It was only supposed to go to Florida.