May 8, 2015 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Canadian Grain Commission
Stakeholders expressed strong support in their responses to the Canadian Grain Commission proposal to protect the quality, consistency and end use performance of the Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) and Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheat classes.
As a result, a review of the varieties assigned to the CWRS and CPSR wheat classes will be initiated immediately. Letters will be sent to Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) and Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) variety owners requesting that they indicate, before the end of May 2015, their intention to complete additional trials or to transition their variety to a different class.
Further decisions regarding the modernized wheat class system will be announced once the Canadian Grain Commission has reviewed further information and input regarding market demand, and has determined an appropriate class and transition period for identified varieties that do not meet the criteria for CWRS or CPSR wheat.
An interim wheat class will be put in place for the Faller and Prosper wheat varieties, which recently received interim registration from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and could include the ND Elgin wheat variety, which was supported for interim registration by the Prairie Grain Development Committee (PGDC), if it becomes registered by CFIA . This will allow the Canadian Grain Commission to assess the viability of a new wheat class before making a decision on the permanence of the class.
Chief Grain Inspector of Canada
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.