U.S. Resumes Gradual Avocado and Mango Inspections

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The United States is set to gradually resume inspections of avocados and mangos in Michoacan, Mexico, following a week-long suspension. This halt occurred after two U.S. inspectors were reportedly detained by protestors.

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspectors would start returning to packing plants. This decision comes after recent acts of aggression against the inspectors. Salazar emphasized the need for enhanced security measures before fully resuming operations to ensure the safety of the inspectors, which is crucial for re-establishing the trade of avocados and mangos from Michoacan to the U.S.

The suspension, which began on June 14, was due to USDA inspectors being temporarily detained by protestors during their fieldwork, according to Mexican authorities. This halt in inspections and imports has been costing the avocado industry around $7 million daily in lost shipments, as reported by La Jornada.

Governor Alfredo Ramírez Bedolla of Michoacan stated that the U.S. inspectors were detained by protestors in Uruapan, a key region for U.S.-based avocado businesses. These inspectors work in Mexico to ensure that exported avocados are disease-free. Bedolla clarified that the inspectors were released a few hours after their detention and that the protests were not linked to criminal activities.

Various media outlets in Mexico reported that the protestors were members of the local civil guard police. These officers were protesting against poor working conditions, low pay, lack of salary bonuses, and the high crime rate in the area.

In 2023, Mexico’s avocado exports amounted to over $2.84 billion, with the U.S. being the primary market, accounting for 81% of the total exports valued at $2.7 billion. Michoacan is one of only two states in Mexico authorized to produce and export avocados. It is responsible for over 80% of the avocados shipped from the country. The other state, Jalisco, began exporting avocados in 2022.

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