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 US.
“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 response to The Related Press.
The U.S. inspects Mexican avocados to verify they don’t convey illnesses 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 situations that might permit 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 recreation 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 in opposition to Mexico by political and financial pursuits, The Related Press reported.
“In all of this there are additionally loads 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 concerned with promoting avocados, as within the case of different farm merchandise, in order that they foyer, they search for senators, skilled public (relations) folks and companies, 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.