Changes to eligibility of amber durum varieties, Sceptre and Plenty

WINNIPEG, July 29, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is providing notice to grain producers and industry stakeholders that the variety registration for Sceptre, a Canada Western Amber Durum variety, will be cancelled effective October 24, 2014 by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Sceptre will remain on the Canadian Grain Commission's variety designation list and will be eligible for all grades of amber durum until August 1, 2015.

Furthermore, the variety registration for Plenty, another Canada Western Amber Durum variety, will be cancelled effective August 1, 2015. Effective August 1, 2015, it will be removed from the variety designation list.

Quick facts

  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency registers grain varieties and is also responsible for cancelling the registration of varieties. The Canadian Grain Commission designates which registered varieties are eligible for delivery into specific classes of grain.

  • Initial notification that registration for Sceptre would be cancelled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency was made by the Canadian Grain Commission on December 13, 2012.

  • Initial notification that registration for Plenty would be cancelled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency was made by the Canadian Grain Commission on January 30, 2012.

  • In accordance with the Canada Grain Act, if a variety is not registered under the Seeds Act for sale in Canada, no person, except with the permission of the Commission, shall assign a grade to the grain produced from a non-registered variety that is higher than the lowest grade established by regulation for that kind of grain.

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Canadian Grain Commission

The Canadian Grain Commission is the federal agency responsible for establishing and maintaining Canada's grain quality standards. Its programs result in shipments of grain that consistently meet contract specifications for quality, safety and quantity. The Canadian Grain Commission regulates the grain industry to protect producers' rights and ensure the integrity of grain transactions.

SOURCE Canadian Grain Commission

For further information:

James Dunlop
Inspection Specialist
Canadian Grain Commission
(204) 983-4412
Email: james.dunlop@grainscanada.gc.ca