U.S. temporarily suspended imports of Mexican avocados after U.S. officials received a threatening call

On April 5, 2019, farmers are working at the avocado plantation at El Carmen Ranch in the community of Tochimirko, Puebla, Mexico.

About 80% of Mexican avocados are exported to the United States.Jose Castanares / AFP / Getty Images

  • After US officials received a threatening call, the US stopped importing Mexican avocados.

  • US plant safety inspectors worked in the major avocado growing areas of Michoacan.

  • Imports were suspended as avocado prices hit record highs in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.

After a threatening call was received by a US factory safety inspector, the US temporarily suspended imports of Mexican avocados.

With the announcement on Saturday, Ministry of Agriculture of Mexico The suspension of shipments will affect avocados from major growth areas of Michoacan, he said.

“U.S. health officials made the decision after one of the officials conducting the test in Uruapan, Michoacan, received a threatening message on their official mobile phone,” the ministry said. Associated Press Translation of the announcement.

According to AP, US inspectors will carry out fruit inspections in Mexico to ensure that cargo arriving in the US does not carry diseases that could affect American avocados. The inspector works for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Quarantine Service.

No details have been released regarding the threat, but according to AP, Michoacan is addressing the issue of gang violence. Reuters. USDA did not immediately respond to insider comment requests.

The export suspension will be as follows Avocado price It hit a record high in the weeks leading up to the surge in consumption of the Super Bowl.Soaring prices are rising production costs, tight labor, and Supply chain logjam, Around Bloomberg.. Avocado prices in US supermarkets are now up about 60% from a year ago. FreightWaves, Logistics industry magazine.

Mexico’s avocado production this year is expected to be 8% lower than in 2021. USDA.

According to Mexico, Mexico exported about $ 3 billion worth of avocados in 2020. This is the most recent year when data is available. Statista. According to, about 80% of the country’s shipments go to the United States Data provider.

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