Spud Spat in Algeria

Published: Wednesday, 11/21/2007 12:00 am EST

A ship carrying Canadian potatoes caused panic in Algeria this week after local media reported the potatoes were infected with a "killing disease." While the 3,500 tons of spuds from PEI were found to be clean, the 300 tons from Quebec were found to be infected with ringrot, a common potato disease, which the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says is harmless to humans. The Canadian embassy in Algiers released a statement that the Canadian potatoes are "not harmful to the consumer health."

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