USDA supspends avocado inspections amid safety concerns

The USDA has suspended inspections of avocados and mangos from a Mexican state after the assault of two employees.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, the assault occurred during field inspections in the state of Michoacán and the two workers were temporarily held captive.  They have since been released. They have since been released. In a statement to Brownfield, USDA-APHIS says the programs will remain paused until the security situation is reviewed, and protocols and safeguards are in place for APHIS personnel. Mexican exports are not blocked: the pause of the inspection programs does not affect avocados and mangos in transit. There is no timeline for when inspections will resume.

In February 2022, the U.S. suspended inspections of Mexican avocados after an APHIS employee was verbally threatened.  Safety measures were put in place and the pause was lifted after a week.

The U.S. imports 80 percent of Mexico’s avocados and the Michoacán state accounts for about 73 percent of the country’s avocado production.

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