U.S. Suspends Avocado Imports From Mexico

Feb. 14, 2022

The US has suspended avocado imports from Mexico as a result of a U.S. plant security inspector in Mexico was threatened, The Related Press reported.

The suspension began Saturday after the inspector was threatened in Michoacán, the one Mexican state approved to export avocados to the USA. 

“U.S. well being authorities … made the choice after one among their officers, who was finishing up inspections in Uruapan, Michoacán, acquired a threatening message on his official cellphone,” Mexico’s Agriculture Division wrote, in line with The Related Press.

The U.S. inspects Mexican avocados to ensure they don’t deliver illnesses over the border that might harm U.S. crops. The inspectors work for the U.S. Division of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Well being Inspection Companies.

It’s unclear how lengthy the suspension would possibly final. The U.S. Embassy confirmed the ban on imports, saying on Twitter, “We’re working with the Mexican authorities to ensure safety situations that will enable our personnel in Michoacán to renew operations,” The Related Press mentioned.

Mexico promotes avocados and guacamole for the Tremendous Bowl, however the avocados used for that Sunday sport have been shipped earlier than the suspension.

Avocado growers in Mexico have been focused by drug cartels. After the same incident in 2019, the USA advised Mexico it’d droop the import program if inspectors’ security couldn’t be ensured, The Related Press mentioned.

On Monday, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador mentioned the suspension was a conspiracy towards Mexico by political and financial pursuits, The Related Press reported.

“In all of this there are additionally a whole lot of political pursuits and political pursuits, there may be competitors; they don’t need Mexican avocados to get into the USA, proper, as a result of it might rule in the USA due to its high quality,” López Obrador mentioned.

“There are different nations which can be eager about promoting avocados, as within the case of different farm merchandise, in order that they foyer, they search for senators, skilled public (relations) individuals and companies, to place up obstacles.”

About 90% of avocado imports to the U.S. come from Mexico, the Related Press mentioned, with the U.S. rising about half the avocados it consumes

The Avocado Institute of Mexico says that U.S. per capita consumption of avocados elevated from 1.5 kilos to 7.5 kilos from 1998 to 2017.

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