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Dec 20, 2018
New product approved for mosaic tomato plant virus

Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently approved a novel new crop protectant, Pepino mosaic virus, strain CH2, isolate 1906.

The new inoculant, branded PMV-01, is a mild form of the Pepino mosaic tomato plant virus (PepMV) and protects greenhouse tomatoes against aggressive forms of that same plant virus through cross-protection, which is a plant defense mechanism against viral infections.

The approval was facilitated by Village Farms International, which also helped approval of PMV-01 by the U.S. EPA earlier this year. Both approvals were on behalf of PMV-01’s Belgium-based developer, De Ceuster Meststoffen NV.

Michael DeGiglio, Chief Executive Officer, Village Farms, said the company has a 30-year history in greenhouse growing

“We plan to bring the same leadership, passion and expertise that have underpinned our success as a vertically integrated operator in the produce sector to the cannabis and hemp-derived CBD industries as we aggressively pursue those opportunities in the U.S., Canada and globally,” DeGiglio said.

Facilitation of the PMV-01 registration was led by Michael Bledsoe, Village Farms’ Vice President of Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs, a renowned expert and advocate for the research and registration of greenhouse crop protectants.

Village Farms Wins Top Product Innovation Award at New York Produce Show

Village Farms also announced that its Stackable Snackables series of exclusive specialty tomatoes in new top-seal packaging received the Joe Nucci Award for Product Innovation at this year’s New York Produce Show last week.

“We are proud to once again be recognized as a leading innovator in the produce industry, this year taking the top overall award for industry innovation,” DeGiglio said.



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