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Mexico lifts 10-year ban on California wheat

Agriculture.com Staff 05/15/2006 @ 6:55am

After a 10-year ban due to Karnal bunt, California wheat is once again making its way to Mexico.

"Mexico's action supports science as the language for international trade," said Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns. "While governments need import measures that safeguard crops from disease, import regulations should be based on internationally recognized scientific guidelines."

Mexico banned wheat from the southwestern United States after the first detection of the fungal disease Karnal bunt in Arizona in 1996. In June 2005, the U.S. and Mexico agreed to recognize certain wheat-producing areas in California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico as free of Karnal bunt, with the exception of those areas still regulated by USDA because of the disease. As part of the agreement, the U.S. also now recognizes five Mexican states as meeting the requirements for Karnal bunt-free status.

After a 10-year ban due to Karnal bunt, California wheat is once again making its way to Mexico.

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