U.S. Stops Avocado Entry, Due to Threats Against Agent in Uruapan

The U.S. government notified Mexico of the temporary suspension of avocado shipments from Michoacan because of threats against a U.S. officer conducting inspection work in the municipality of Uruapan, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said.
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Through a statement, the agency explained that the Plant and Animal Health Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (APHIS-USDA) decided to pause, until further notice, the activities of inspection of the avocado.
The U.S. health authority informed the National Service of Health, Safety and Agrifood Quality (Senasica) that it made the determination after one of its officers, who was carrying out inspection work in Uruapan, Michoacán, received a threatening call to his official cell phone.
APHIS-USDA also reported that an investigation is currently underway to assess the threat and determine the necessary measures to guarantee the physical integrity of all its personnel working in Michoacán.

He indicated that they would hold a meeting between APHIS staff and representatives of the Association of Avocado Producers and Packers Exporters in Mexico (APEAM) with local and state police to address the issue.
The Ministry of Agriculture commented that, according to the Work Plan for the export of Hass avocado from Mexico to the United States, personnel of the U.S. health agency inspect the avocado that is going to be exported, and once authorized, it is mobilized to the packaging for conditioning.
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In the last six weeks, avocado producers in Michoacán have exported more than 135,000 tons of avocado to the United States, through more than five thousand shipments of fresh fruit, reported the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

To this end, Senasica has certified 49,005 orchards with an area of 152,712 hectares to export avocado from Michoacán to that country in the season from October 15, 2021 to April 14, 2022.
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