U.S. suspends avocado imports from Mexico after inspector is threatened
The U.S. has suspended all imports of Mexican avocados from the state of Michoacan "until further notice" after a U.S. plant safety inspector in Mexico received a threatening message, Mexico's Agriculture Department confirmed in a statement Saturday.
Why it matters: Michoacan is the only state in Mexico fully authorized to export avocados to the U.S., so the temporary suspension effectively amounts to a pause on all imports of Mexican avocados, per AP.
- Michoacan is also home to turf battles by drug cartels that regularly see to the extortion of avocado growers, according to AP.
The big picture: A U.S. plant safety inspector received a threatening call while carrying out an inspection in Uruapan, Michoacan, the press release said.
- All inspections have been paused and an investigation is being carried out.
What they're saying: “We are working with the Mexican government to guarantee security conditions that would allow our personnel in Michoacan to resume operations,” the U.S. embassy in Mexico wrote on Twitter.