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The CFIA is terminating its lease at the P.E.I. Potato Board facility in Borden-Carleton. (inspection.gc.ca)

The mayor of Borden-Carleton, P.E.I., says he’ll push to stop seven Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) employees from being relocated to Summerside and Charlottetown.

The CFIA is terminating its lease at the P.E.I. Potato Board facility in Borden-Carleton. The town's six inspectors and one supervisor work primarily with growers to help protect potatoes against disease.

Mayor Dean Sexton says he wants federal and provincial politicians to meet with his council about the move.

He hopes the decision can be reversed.

“I feel as mayor of a small town that we have to retain everything we can to sustain our population. And not only sustain our population, we are trying to work to increase our population. This is, to me, a negative thing for this town,” he said.

Sexton says he hopes a meeting can be arranged in the next few weeks.

Malpeque MP Wayne Easter has also raised concerns.

The Liberal MP says farmers will not have the same access to Canadian Food Inspection agency employees when the office closes.

In an email to Easter, CFIA's P.E.I. regional director Bruce Lyng said the move comes after an efficiency review.