U.S. Suspends Avocado Imports From Mexico

Feb. 14, 2022

America 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 licensed to export avocados to the US. 

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

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

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 circumstances that will enable our personnel in Michoacán to renew operations,” The Related Press stated.

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

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

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

“In all of this there are additionally a variety of political pursuits and political pursuits, there’s competitors; they don’t need Mexican avocados to get into the US, proper, as a result of it will rule in the US due to its high quality,” López Obrador stated.

“There are different international locations which are fascinated by promoting avocados, as within the case of different farm merchandise, in order that they foyer, they search for senators, skilled public (relations) folks and businesses, to place up obstacles.”

About 90% of avocado imports to the U.S. come from Mexico, the Related Press stated, 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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