Feb. 14, 2022
The USA has suspended avocado imports from Mexico as a result of a U.S. plant security inspector in Mexico was threatened, The Associated 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 one among their officers, who was finishing up inspections in Uruapan, Michoacán, obtained a threatening message on his official cellphone,” Mexico’s Agriculture Division wrote, in accordance with The Related Press.
The U.S. inspects Mexican avocados to ensure 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 may 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 may 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 recreation have been shipped earlier than the suspension.
Avocado growers in Mexico have been focused by drug cartels. After the same incident in 2019, the US advised Mexico it would 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 in opposition to Mexico by political and financial pursuits, The Associated Press reported.
“In all of this there are additionally lots 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 mentioned.
“There are different international locations which might be keen on 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.